Status Review Report of 3 Species of Angelsharks: Squatina aculeata, S. oculata, and S. squatina
This report summarizes the best available data and information on three species of angelsharks (Squatina aculeata, S. oculata, and S. squatina) and presents an evaluation of their status and extinction risk.
This report was produced in response to a petition received from WildEarth Guardians on July 15, 2013, to list 81 marine species as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). On November 6, 2013, NMFS announced in the Federal Register that the petition presented substantial information that listing may be warranted for five of the petitioned angelshark species and requested information on these species from the public (78 FR 66675). Subsequently, NMFS initiated a status review of these species. This report is the status review for three of the five angelshark species, namely, Squatina aculeata, Squatina oculata, and Squatina squatina. This report summarizes available data and information on these three angelshark species and presents an evaluation of their status and extinction risk.