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Squatiniformes - angelsharks

Atlantic AngelsharkThere is one family, squatinidae, and 18 species in this order. Angelsharks are found in temperate to tropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and southwestern Indian Oceans. Most species are found in the southern hemisphere. They have flattened bodies, two spineless dorsal fins, five pairs of gill slits, and no anal fin. Their eyes are on the top of their heads and their mouths are on the end of their snouts. They have broad pectoral fins that look like wings and extend out laterally from their bodies. They bury themselves in the sand or mud and wait for prey like fish, crustaceans, and mollusks. Angelsharks are also called monkfish.

Endangered in NH Endangered in NH

Threatened in NH Threatened in NH

introduced Introduced

Endangered in the US Endangered in US

Threatened in the US Threatened in US


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Pacific Angelshark
Sand Devil