|En - Taiwan angleshark, Fr - Ange de mer moinillon, Sp - Angelote de Taiwan.|
3Alpha Code: SUO Taxonomic Code: 1090300408|
|Scientific Name with Original Description|
|Squatina formosa Shen and Ting, 1972, Bull.Inst.Zool.Acad.Sin., Taiwan (Province of China), 11(1):21, fig. 4. Holotype: NTT 7212120, 337 mm female, probably immature. Type Locality: Off southwestern Taiwan Island, 20°28.0'N, 120°26.3'E, bottom at 183 m depth.|
|Trunk moderately narrow.
Anterior nasal barbels apparently simple and with a narrow, tapering tip; posterior margin of anterior nasal flaps between nasal barbels and tips weakly fringed or smooth; distance from eye to spiracle less than 1.5 times eye diameter; dermal folds on sides of head possibly with a triangular lobe.
Pectoral fins rather broad and high, with narrowly subangular free rear tips.
Spines on midline of back and tail, and on snout and between eyes small.
No ocelli on body.
|Western North Pacific: Northeastern and southwestern coasts of Taiwan Island.|
|Habitat and Biology|
|A little-known angelshark of the outer continental shelf of Taiwan Island, caught on bottom,at 183 to 220 m depth. |
|Maximum total length reported 46 cm female, presumably immature.|
|The validity of this species is uncertain: it needs to be critically compared with other western North Pacific angel sharks. It is not included in the key, and field marks are not given.|
|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. |