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 Freycinet's Epaulette shark (Hemiscyllium freycineti)

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Freycinet's Epaulette shark
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

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


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


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.


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.


Western South Pacific: Indonesia, Papua New Guinea.


Bottom-living shark. Very little known.


Feeds most likely on invertebrates.


Maximum size at least 46 cm.


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.


Status in the IUCN Red List(Version 2001):

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

 Danger to Humans


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