Scientific Name
Squatina japonica  
Squatina japonica日本扁鯊
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author Bleeker, 1858 Depth - 400M
Chinese 日本扁鯊 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 扁鯊科 Economic Fish No 
Family F040 Squatinidae Edible Fish No  Chinese In Mainland China 日本扁鯊 
Max Length 200 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 日本琵琶鮫、扁沙 
Distribution in World   Distribution in Taiwan North East 
Habitats Deep Sea、Coastal  Holotype Locality Nagasaki, Japan 
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);福建魚類誌(朱等, 1985)  Bleeker, P. 1858 朱元鼎 編 1985 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 Walsh, J.H. etc. 2007 
Specimen List
Common Name Change angel shark; Change canopy shark; Japanese angelshark; Japanese angel shark; Japanese angelfish; Japanese monkfish 
Redlist Status VU IUCN Redlist: Vulnerable(VU) A2d+4d 2008-12-01   
Characteristic Body depressed, trunk moderately narrow. Anterior nasal barbells simple and with a narrow, spatulate tip. Posterior nasal flaps between nasal barbells and tips weakly fringed or smooth. Distance between eye and spiracle less than 1.5 times eye diameter. Dermal folds on each side of head without triangular lobes. Pectoral fin with rounded free rear tips. Spines present on midline of back and tail from head to dorsal fins and between the fin bases, and on snout and above eyes. Body without ocelli.
habitats An uncommon, little-known angelshark, found on or near the bottom. Maximum total length about 2 m. 
Distribution Western North Pacific from southeastern sea of Japan to Yellow Sea, Japan, Koreas, northern China. 
Utility This species apparently taken in large numbers off China. Utilized for human consumption.