Speckled epaulette shark
Name: Hemiscyllium trispeculare
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
Maximum length 65cm.
Shallow coral reefs and tide pools. From 1 to 20m.
Northern W.A. to Queensland and north into Indonesia.
by day under corals
venturing out towards sunset to feed.
Swims or walks along on its flexible pectoral and pelvic fins.
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.
Other diving locations submitted by
Sharks and Rays of the World. Scott W. Michael. Sea Challengers.
and Rays - Elasmobranch Guide of the World. Ralf M. Hennemann. IKAN.