Squalus acanthias (Piked dogfish)
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Squalus acanthias (Piked dogfish).
[Illustration by Ann Hecht ©]
A slim dogfish with white spots, a narrow,
pointed snout, and the 1st dorsal spine behind the pectoral fins.
Colour grey above, white below; occasional individuals lack spots.
To 1 m TL.
West coast from Port Nolloth to Cape Point,
records from the eastern Cape and Natal require confirmation; most
Deep water from 124 to 515 m.
Bears 2 to 12 young. Eats bony fish, including hake, lightfish,
dragonet, ribbonfish, redeye herring, and saury, and squid.
Commonly caught by commercial trawlers.