Squatina pseudocellata Last & White, 2008
Western angelshark
photo by Last P.R. & W.T. White

Family:  Squatinidae (Angel sharks)
Max. size:  75.1 cm TL (male/unsexed); 64 cm TL (female)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range 150 - 312 m
Distribution:  Indian Ocean: Australia. Endemic to tropical and subtropical Western Australia between Port Hedland and Dorre Island; demersal on the outer continental shelf and upper slope in depths of 150-312 m (Ref. 74939).
Diagnosis:  Body strongly depressed anteriorly, firm. Trunk strongly depressed, almost ray-like, deepest over abdomen; not tapering abruptly at pelvic-fin insertion, tail strongly depressed, even at origin of caudal fin. Abdomen moderately elongate. Head broad, extended laterally, strongly depressed. Dermal denticles covering entire dorsal surface of body; less dense, absent on posterior borders of fins (Ref. 74939).
Biology: 
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 16 May 2015 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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