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 Freycinet's Epaulette shark (Hemiscyllium freycineti)

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 Photo

Freycinet's Epaulette shark
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 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 freycineti
German: Freycinets Epaulettenhai
English: Freycinet's Epaulette shark, Indonesian speckled carpet shark
French: Requin-chabot grivele
Spanish: Bamboa jaspeada


 Appearance

Long body. Snout relatively short. 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. Pectoral and pelvic fins thick.

 Coloration

Large and small spots are scattered over entire body. Small black spots behind the gill slits. No large white spots, no dark crossbands on ventral surface of tail.

 Distribution

Western South Pacific: Indonesia, Papua New Guinea.

 Biology

Bottom-living shark. Very little known.

 Feeding

Feeds most likely on invertebrates.

 Size

Maximum size at least 46 cm.

 Reproduction

Unknown, most likely oviparous (egg laying).

 Similar Species

Other species of this group have a similar appearance and taxonomic features have to be used to clearly distinguish among them.

 Endangerment

Status in the IUCN Red List(Version 2001):

Main criterion: > NT (Near Threatened)
Sub criterion:
Trend: Unknown


 Danger to Humans

Harmless.



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