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Angelsharks are benthic sharks (bottom-dwellers) that hide in the sand and mud by day and hunt in the reefs by night. They have a flattened body and long, wide fins that look like wings, giving these sharks their name. These slow-swimming predators are sometimes called monkfish because the blunt snout looks like a monk's hood.

Different species of Angelsharks live on ocean floors at depths from 10 to 4,300 feet (3 to 1300 m). They live in warm temperate oceans, mostly in the southern hemisphere.

Diet: Angelsharks eat fish, crustaceans, and mollusks (like squid).

Anatomy: The Pacific Angelshark is up to 5 feet (1.5 m) long. It has tan skin with brown markings. It has large spiracles near the eyes, which are used for respiration.

Classification: Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Chordata, Class Chondrichthyes, Order Squatiniformes, Family Squatinidae (angelsharks).



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