Up first, the Atlantic angel shark (Squantina dumeril) is also known as the “sand devil” or “monkfish.” They’re not monkfish, though; there’s a separate genus, Lophius, which is properly called “monkfish.”
These sharks can be found in the Atlantic Ocean, from New England’s Massachusetts all the way to the Florida Keys. They’re also found in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and along northern South America. They are bottom dwellers (anywhere from 40-250 m/131-820 ft), loving their time under the sand or mud, waiting for their prey. Prey includes mollusks, crustaceans and a few fishies that they catch with their sharp teeth. If not hiding from prey, they’re hiding from predators, which can include larger fish or mammals.
These sharks are small, usually not getting larger than 1.2 m (4 ft) but some can reach up to 1.83 m (6 ft). They are ovoviviparous, with an average litter size of 16 pups, and usually give birth in the spring/summer in deep water.
The IUCN has listed the Atlantic angel shark as “Data Deficient.”
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