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Speckled Epaulette Shark
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Names: Speckled epaulette shark, Speckled walking shark,
Speckled carpet shark.
Binomial: Hemiscyllium trispeculare
Long, cylindrical, eel-like body.
Large ocelli ringed in white above pectoral fins. two to three large black spots
forming crescent behind ocelli. Body banded with small spots (crazing) on a tan
Shallow coral reefs and tide pools. From 1 to 20m.
Australia. Northern W.A. to Queensland. Possibly also north into Southern Indonesia.
by day under corals
venturing out at sunset to feed.
Swims or walks along on its flexible pectoral and pelvic fins.
Listed as èLeast Concernè by the IUCN.
Collection for the aquarium trade and bycatch from fishing activities in
Australian waters place only minimal pressure on this species. Capture as
bycatch in fisheries is likely low given its coral reef habitat. Effects of
exploitation in Indonesia are unknown, but this species might be affected by
destructive fishing practices and habitat loss if it occurs there
Bandiggi Beach, Exmouth, Australia.
Occelated epaulette shark (Hemiscyllium ocellatum) Has far fewer spots.
Reaction to divers: Remains motionless relying on camoflage until closely approached then
swims under coral heads.
logistics: In W.A.,
Exmouth beaches with fringing coral reefs have a healthy population of epaulette
sharks that can be encountered while snorkelling.
Heupel, M.R. 2015. Hemiscyllium
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T41820A68625409.