Angular Roughshark

About the Angular Roughshark

The Angular Roughshark is found in the eastern Atlantic, from Norway all the down to South Africa and throughout the Mediterranean at depths between 60 and 660 meters. They were once present in the Adriatic and Aegean seas, but are now rare in these areas.

When they reach maturity, both females and males are between 50 and 70cm, with females being slightly longer. At full size, they are usually around 1m but have been known to grow to 1.5m. Angular Roughsharks produce between 10 to 12 pups annually and they are usually between 20 and 24cm at birth.

Their bodies are relatively large and they have big spiny dorsal fins which make it easy for them to get caught in fishing nets. However, they have no commercial value in the Mediterranean as local fisherman think that they’re bad luck. They are usually thrown back into the sea on occasions when they are accidentally caught.

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Scientific NameOxynotus centrina
OrderDog and Angelfish Sharks - Squaliformes
CitesNot Listed
Litter Size4-8
Common Length50 cm
Max Lenght150 cm
Depth Range40 - 800 m
DistributionMediterranean and Black Sea, Eastern Central Atlantic, Northeast Atlantic, Southeast Atlantic