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Author: Shen and Ting, 1972

Diagnostic Features:
Trunk moderately narrow. Anterior nasal barbels apparently simple and with a narrow, tapering tip; posterior margin of anterior nasal flaps between nasal barbels and tips weakly fringed or smooth; distance from eye to spiracle less than 1.5 times eye diameter; dermal folds on sides of head possibly with a triangular lobe. Pectoral fins rather broad and high, withnarrowly subangular free rear tips. Spines on midline of back and tail, and on snout and between eyes small. Colour: no ocelli on body.

Geographical Distribution:
Western North Pacific: Northeastern and southwestern coasts of Taiwan Island.

Habitat and Biology:
A little-known angelshark of the outer continental shelf of Taiwan Island, caught on bottom at 183 to 220 m depth.

Maximum total length reported 46 cm female, presumably immature.

Interest to Fisheries: None.

The validity of this species is uncertain: it needsto be critically compared with other western North Pacific angel sharks. Field marks are not given.

Type material:
Holotype: NTT 7212120, 337 mm female, probably immature. Type Locality: Off southwestern Taiwan Island, 20°28.0'N, 120°26.3'E, bottom at 183 m depth.

Taiwan angelshark (Squatina formosa)