The fission fragment angular distributions have been measured for the syste
m F-19 + Bi-209 over a range of bombarding energies from 88.0 MeV to 125.6
MeV. The measured fission fragment anisotropies are in agreement with the s
addle point statistical model calculations in the above energy range. Combi
ning these data with those available for B-11, C-12, N-14, O-16 and O-18 209Bi, Pb-208 systems, it is concluded that the spherical target plus proje
ctile systems behave 'normal' from near- to above - barrier energies. This
observation is in contrast to the 'anomalous' anisotropies exhibited by the
deformed actinide target - projectile systems at near - barrier energies.