Ecology of Squatina squatina
 
Main Ref. Ellis, J.R., M.G. Pawson and S.E. Shackley, 1996
Remarks Cryptic ambush predator that may remain motionless for long periods of time, usually buried under sand or mud with only its eyes protruding (Ref. 247). Waits until potential prey is within striking distance before lunging for it (Ref. 88171).

Aquatic zones / Water bodies

Marine - Neritic Marine - Oceanic Brackishwater Freshwater
Marine zones / Brackish and freshwater bodies
  • supra-littoral zone
  • littoral zone
  • sublittoral zone
  • epipelagic
  • mesopelagic
  • epipelagic
  • abyssopelagic
  • hadopelagic
  • estuaries/lagoons/brackish seas
  • mangroves
  • marshes/swamps
  • rivers/streams
  • lakes/ponds
  • caves
  • exclusively in caves
Highighted items on the list are where Squatina squatina may be found.

Habitat

Substrate Benthic; Soft Bottom: sand; mud;
Substrate Ref.
Special habitats
Special habitats Ref.

Associations

Ref.
Associations
Associated with
Association remarks
Parasitism

Feeding

Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type Ref. Ellis, J.R., M.G. Pawson and S.E. Shackley, 1996
Feeding habit hunting macrofauna (predator)
Feeding habit Ref.

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method Original sample Unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition 4.05 0.50 4.00 0.61 Troph of juv./adults from 1 study.
From individual food items 4.07 0.68 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
Ref. Cort├ęs, E., 1999
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Sa-a, Pascualita on 06.17.99
Modified by Franke, Andrea on 03.19.15
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