Scientific Name
Squatina formosa  
Squatina formosa臺灣扁鯊
by: Po-Feng Lee, Cheng-Yi Tsai & Ching-Yi Chen
Author Shen & Ting, 1972 Depth 183 - 220M
Chinese 臺灣扁鯊 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 扁鯊科 Economic Fish No 
Family F040 Squatinidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 臺灣扁鯊 
Max Length 55.4 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 臺灣琵琶鮫、扁沙 
Distribution in World   Distribution in Taiwan South、North East 
Habitats Deep Sea、Coastal  Holotype Locality Tung-kong [Tongkang], 20°28'N, 120°26.3'E, Pingtung, southwestern Taiwan, depth 180 meters 
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993)  Shen, S.-C. etc. 1972 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 Walsh, J.H. etc. 2007 Kriwet J., H. Endo etc. 2010 
Specimen List ASIZP0066121. ASIZP0075025. ASIZP0807656. ASIZP0917656. NTUM00365. NTUM01327. NTUM01328. NTUM01329.  
Common Name Taiwan angel shark; Taiwan angleshark; Tiawan angelfish 
Redlist Status EN IUCN Redlist: Endangered(EN) A2d+4d 2008-12-01   
Characteristic Body depressed, trunk moderately narrow. Anterior nasal barbels usually simple and with a narrow, tapering tip. Posterior margin of anterior nasal flaps between nasal barbells and tips weakly fringed or with a triangular lobe. Distance from eye to spiracle less than 1.5 times of eye diameters. Dermal folds on each side of head possibly with a triangular lobe. Pectoral fin with narrowly subabgular free rear tips. Spines present on midline of back and tail, and on snout and between eyes small. Without ocelli on body.
habitats Only distributed around Taiwan area. Sometimes caught on bottom at 183-220 m depth by bottom trawls. 
Distribution Northeastern and southwestern coasts of Taiwan Island. 
Utility Flesh utilized as fresh for human consumption.