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 Hooded carpet shark (Hemiscyllium strahani)

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Hooded carpet shark
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

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


Scientific: Hemiscyllium strahani
German: Hauben-Epaulettenhai
English: Hooded carpet shark
French: Requin-chabot moine
Spanish: Bamboa capuchona


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.


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.


Western South Pacific: Papua New Guinea, Indonesia.


An inshore bottom-living species. Little known.


Feeds on invertebrates.


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


Most likely oviparous (egg laying).

 Similar Species

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


Status in the IUCN Red List(Version 2001):

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

 Danger to Humans


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