Triton Epaulette Shark

About the Triton Epaulette Shark

The Triton Epaulette Shark is a species of  carpetshark found in West Papua, Indonesia, at depths of between 3m and 30m. They are thought to be nocturnal and although they are usually found resting on the ocean floor, they have been observed swimming or ‘walking’ slowly across the sand, a common behaviour of the Hemiscyllium genus.

There is no information on the biology of the Triton Epaulette Shark. They grow to a maximum total length of 81.5cm and are possibly the largest species in the genus.

Although their habitat in Triton bay is a protected marine reserve, there is not enough confirmation to assess their population health. Their conservation status is “Data Deficient.”

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Scientific Name Hemiscyllium henryi
OrderCarpet Sharks - Orectolobiformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 78.3 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 3 - 30 m
DistributionWestern Central Pacific