Hooded Carpet Shark

About the Hooded Carpet Shark

Hooded Carpet Sharks are mostly an unknown species. They can be found around the Western Pacific Ocean near Papua New Guinea. They reside in tropical waters on coral reefs especially if there is an abundance of corals. Their swimming depth ranges from three to 18 m below the water.

Biology and Behaviour

The biology of hooded carpet sharks is almost entirely unknown.

They have a black hood over its head and abrupt snout with black bands and conspicuous large white spots along its body and an extremely elongated tail. They have spineless dorsal fins far posterior on the tail, and a long and low anal fin anterior to its caudal fin. 

They are nocturnal and are commonly found in crevices and under coral during the day.

Hooded carpet sharks can grow to 80 cm. Males mature at approximately 60 cm, while females mature to 73 cm.

Reproduction and Lifespan

Hooded carpet sharks are oviparous. The eggs are laid in pairs and the embryos feed solely on the yolk.    

Conservation and Tourism

The IUCN lists hooded carpet sharks as vulnerable, and there are no conservation methods in place. 

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Scientific NameHemiscyllium strahani
OrderCarpet Sharks - Orectolobiformes
CitesNot Listed
Litter Size1
Common Length80 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range3 - 18 m
DistributionWestern Central Pacific
EnvironmentMarine, Reef-Associated