Squalus megalops (Shortnose
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Spiny Dogfish) [Illustration by Anne
small dogfish with a short, angular snout and a mouth almost as wide
as the snout is long; body without spots; 1 st dorsal fin spine over
pectoral fins. Colour bronze-grey above, white below; dorsal fins
with black tips and white edges but markings inconspicuous in
Up to 71 cm TL.
from Namibia to northern Nata!; elsewhere, temperate and tropical
Atlantic, and Indian and western Pacific oceans.
Close inshore to
upper slope at 450 m depth; often near the bottom; young mostly
pelagic off outer shelf.
common, in vast schools. Feeds on small bony fish, shrimp, crabs,
mantis shrimp, octopus, squid and worms. Bears 2 to 4 young.
trawlers and sports anglers in great numbers. Potentially valuable