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The Monkfish (Squatina squatina) can grow to at least 183cm.

IdentificationEdit

A Compressed body - with the upper side a light sandy brown and the under side usually white.

NB Fishmongers often offer Anglerfish (Lophius piscatorius) tails for sale as "monkfish", which has sometimes resulted in confusion.

BreedingEdit

Ovoviviparous (egg layer) - eggs 6 to 8cm in diameter, with between 9 to 20 eggs - newly hatched size 20 to 30cm. Females mature at between 126 to 167cm.

HabitatEdit

Shallow water dwelling shark and close inshore although found to depths of 150m. Prefers mud and sandy bottoms where the shark can bury itself to ambush prey.

FoodEdit

Mostly flatfish, crustaceans (crabs) and molluscs.

RangeEdit

Eastern North Atlantic to the Canary Islands - mainly inshore waters.

Additional NotesEdit

Assumed to be the transitional species between sharks and rays. A powerful shark.

ReferencesEdit

The Aquarium Project

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