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SPECKLED EPAULETTE SHARK

Photograph copyright Andy Murch all rights reserved.

View all available Speckled Epaulette Shark Pictures in the Shark Pictures Database

Common Names: Speckled epaulette shark

Latin Name: Hemiscyllium trispeculare

Family: Hemiscylliidae  

Identification: 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 background.

Size: Maximum length 65cm.

Habitat:  Shallow coral reefs and tide pools. From 1 to 20m. 

Abundance and distribution: Northern W.A. to Queensland and north into Indonesia.

Behavior:  Hides by day under corals venturing out towards sunset to feed. Swims or walks along on its flexible pectoral and pelvic fins.

Reproduction: Oviparous.

Observations:

Photographs: Bandiggi Beach, Exmouth, Australia.

Similar species: 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.

Diving 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 readers

References and further reading:

Reef Sharks and Rays of the World. Scott W. Michael. Sea Challengers.

Sharks and Rays - Elasmobranch Guide of the World. Ralf M. Hennemann. IKAN.

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