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 Papuan epaulette shark (Hemiscyllium hallstromi)

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 Photo

Papuan epaulette shark
No image of Papuan epaulette shark found in the Shark Database
 Range Map

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 Systematics

Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

Class: Carlilagenous Fishes (Chondrichthyes)
  Order: Carpetsharks (Orectolobiformes)
    Family: Bamboosharks (Hemiscyllidae)
      Genus: Hemiscyllium (Hemiscyllium)


 Name

Scientific: Hemiscyllium hallstromi
German: Papua-Epaulettenhai
English: Papuan epaulette shark
French: Requin-chabot epaulette
Spanish: Bamboa hombrera


 Appearance

Long body. Mouth in front of eyes. Spiracles below eyes. Both dorsal fins are of same size and far posterior on tail. Origin of first dorsal fin over or slightly behind the insertion of the pectoral fins. Anal fin ends right in front of caudal fin. Extremely long and thick precaudal tail.

 Coloration

Scattered small and large dark spots, which are not close together, not forming rectangular pattern with the background color. No dark hood at the head. Large black spot over the pectorals, ringed with white in form of a conspicuous ocellus, numerous smaller black spots are surrounding this black spot. No large white spots on sides. No dark crossbands on the ventral surface of the tail.

 Distribution

Western South Pacific: Papua New Guinea, Indonesia.

 Biology

A inshore, bottom-living shark. Little-known.

 Feeding

Feeds most likely on invertebrates.

 Size

Maximum size at least 75 cm.

 Reproduction

Unknown, most likely oviparous (egg laying).

 Similar Species

Other species have similar features but the color pattern of this species is distinctive.

 Endangerment

Status in the IUCN Red List(Version 2001):

Main criterion: > VU (Vulnerable)
Sub criterion: B1ab(iii)
Trend: Unknown


 Danger to Humans

Harmless.



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