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Australian Angelshark

Squatina australis

Average Length – 5ft

The Australian Angelshark’s body is broad and flattened, and their posterior part is more muscular which is more typical of other sharks.

They have extensible jaws that can rapidly snap upward to capture their prey.

They have long needle like teeth

They inhabit the coasts of southern and western Australia.
Often found in sandy or muddy seabeds close to rocky reefs.

Small fish, crustaceans, small invertebrates.
During the day they bury themselves under the sand and wait for prey.

At night they patrol the bottom of the sea floor searching for crustaceans and other invertebrates.

They are not dangerous to humans but because they have sharp teeth they can inflict damage if provoked.

The Australian Angelshark is listed by the IUCN in its Red List of Threatened Species as being of “Least Concern”. This is because the population size is large and appears to be stable.

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Angelsharks Graphic
Australian Angelshark (Squatina australis) Clickable
By Mark Norman / Museum Victoria -, CC BY 3.0,
Australian Angelshark (Squatina_australis) Clickable
Taso Viglas from Sydney, Australia, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Aussie Angelshark Clickable
CSIRO National Fish Collection, CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons