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 Hooded carpet shark (Hemiscyllium strahani)

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 Photo

Hooded carpet shark
No image of Hooded carpet 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 strahani
German: Hauben-Epaulettenhai
English: Hooded carpet shark
French: Requin-chabot moine
Spanish: Bamboa capuchona


 Appearance

Slightly stout but still slender body, elongated peduncle. Mouth well in front of eyes, spiracle behind eyes. Both dorsal fins of similar size. Origin of first dorsal fin over or slightly behind insertion of pectoral fins. Anal fin ends right at caudal fin.

 Coloration

Unique black hood on head. Scattered large white spots over entire body, also small dark spots but no conspicuous ocellus on shoulder region. No dark crossbands on ventral tail surface.

 Distribution

Western South Pacific: Papua New Guinea, Indonesia.

 Biology

An inshore bottom-living species. Little known.

 Feeding

Feeds on invertebrates.

 Size

Maximum size about 75 cm, average size between 50 and 70 cm.

 Reproduction

Most likely oviparous (egg laying).

 Similar Species

Other "epaulette sharks" have a similar appearance but the "hood" on head is unmistakable.

 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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