Occurrence of juveniles Squatina oculata Bonaparte, 1840 (Elasmobranchii: Squatinidae) in the Strait of Sicily (Central Mediterranean)
Four juveniles of Squatina oculata, ranging between 291 and 564 mm total length, were caught on September 2007 by a bottom trawler in the coastal waters of the Strait of Sicily. Due to the rarity of such species, main biometrics are given. The size of the specimens suggests that all fish are juveniles, with one of them having size close to that at birth. These findings suggested that this “critically endangered” species is still able to reproduce off the southern coast of Sicily.