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Squatina australis:   (click for more)

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FAO Names
En - Australian angelshark, Fr - Ange de mer australien, Sp - Angelote australiano.
3Alpha Code: SUU     Taxonomic Code: 1090300405
Scientific Name with Original Description
Squatina australis  Regan, 1906b, Ann.Mag.Nat.Hist., (Ser. 7), 18:438. Holotype: British Museum (Natural History), 530 mm. Type Locality: Port Jackson, Australia.
Diagnostic Features
fieldmarks: An angelshark with a broad trunk, dorsal spines weak or absent, heavily fringed nasal barbels and anterior nasal flaps, lateral dermal folds of head without triangular lobes, and no large ocelli on body.

Trunk very broad.  Anterior nasal barbels strongly fringed; posterior margin of anterior nasal flaps between nasal barbels and tips strongly fringed; distance from eye to spiracle at least 1.5 times eye diameter; dermal folds on sides of head without triangular lobes.  Origin of first dorsal fin usually about opposite pelvic rear tips; pectoral fins rather short and high, free rear tips narrowly subangular.  No large spines on midline of back and tail or on snout and above eyes; lateral trunk denticles without ridges.  No ocelli on body, but with numerous small, symmetrical, white spots. 
Geographical Distribution

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Western South Pacific: Australia (South and Western Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria).
Habitat and Biology
A common but tittle-known angelshark of the continental shelf and uppermost slope, on or near bottom,from close inshore to 256 m depth.
Ovoviviparous. 
Size
Maximum total length about 152 cm.
Interest to Fisheries
Taken by bottom trawlers in Australia.
Utilization unknown.
Source of Information
FAO species catalogue Vol.4. Sharks of the world. An Annotated and Illustrated Catalogue of Shark Species Known to Date Part 1 - Hexanchiformes to Lamniformes. Compagno, L.J.V.1984FAO Fisheries Synopsis.  , (125) Vol.4, Part 1.
Bibliography
Bigelow & Schroeder, 1948
Stead, 1963
Whitley, 1940
 
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