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 Blind shark (Brachaelurus waddi)

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Blind shark
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

Class: Carlilagenous Fishes (Chondrichthyes)
  Order: Carpetsharks (Orectolobiformes)
    Family: Blind sharks (Brachaeluridae)
      Genus: Brachaelurus (Brachaelurus)


Scientific: Brachaelurus waddi
German: Blindhai
English: Blind shark
French: Requin aveugle des roches
Spanish: Tiburón ciego de roca


"Nurse shark"-like appearance with well developed barbels and big spiracles. Short mouth in front of the eyes. Both dorsal fins are equal-sized. Origin of first dorsal fin over the bases of the pelvic fins. Anal fin right at the beginning of the caudal fin, very short precaudal tail.


Dark brown (blackish) to light brown with or without darker saddles, light yellowish on ventral surface (belly), sometimes with small white spots.


Western Pacific: Australia.


A common species in shallow areas. Often found in tidepools that are barely deep enough to cover the shark. Found occasionally down to about 75 m (maximum to approx. 110 m). Prefers rocky shorelines and coral reefs.


Feeds on crabs, shrimp, sea anemones and small fishes.


Average size about 60 cm to 70 cm, maximum total length about 120 cm.


Aplacental viviparous (ovoviviparous). 7 to 8 pups per litter. Size at birth between 15 cm and 18 cm. Males reach sexual maturity at 60 cm, females at 65 cm.

 Similar Species

Some species with similar appearances do exist and taxonomic features have to be used to clearly differentiate between them.


Status in the IUCN Red List:

No Entry found in Red List.

 Danger to Humans


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