Leopard Epaulette Shark

Shark Database | Carpet Sharks - Orectolobiformes | Leopard Epaulette Shark

About the Leopard Epaulette Shark

The Leopard Epaulette Shark is a species is bamboo shark member of the family Hemiscyllium, found in the Pacific Ocean east of Papua New Guinea. Mature females reached a size of 69 cm TL and males reach maturity at 60 cm TL. This species is oviparous, little size is unknown. The biology of this species is almost entirely unknown.

The Leopard Epaulette Shark is benthopelagic species, typically encountered on coastal fringing reefs and patch reefs in depths of 2-20 m. This shark is nocturnal and individuals are found while diving at night.    

There are no current conservation actions in place for this species.

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Scientific Name Hemiscyllium michaeli
OrderCarpet Sharks - Orectolobiformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNNear Threatened
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 69.5 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 2 - 20 m
DistributionSouthwest Pacific