What To Look For:
A small slender cylindrical shark, mouth well ahead of eyes,
dorsal fins about the same size and a white-ringed black oval
spot on flank above the pectoral fin.
Tan with scattered black spots, and a very large white-ringed
black oval spot on its flank.
Maximum total length about 3.5 ft (1.07 mtrs).
Small and pointed with medial cusp.
Inshore bottom sharks, commonly in the intertidal, in tidepools
or coral reefs close inshore. They are abundant on reef flats of
islets in the Great Barrier Reef.
Western South Pacific: Australia (Northern Territory, Western
Australia, Queensland and New South Wales), New Guinea, and
possibly Malaysia and Sumatra.
Invertebrates: worms, crabs, shrimp, small shellfish, and
probably small bottom fishes. Reproduction:
By day this small shark usually remains concealed beneath clumps
of coral. At night it roams the reef flats using its muscular
leg-like paired fins to clamber on the reef and into
Usually placid. When grabbed by a diver the shark violently
contorts its body in an attempt to free itself. Danger To Humans:
The speckled carpetshark, Hemiscyllium tn'speculare, is a similar
species with a similar range (Australian waters, and possibly
Indonesia) that grows to a length of 2 ft (60 cm). It also has a
large black circular spot above each pectoral fin The black spot
lacks a white ring, but it is partly edged with a few large dark
spots, and large and small dark spots on the shark's back form a