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Epaulette Shark

Hemiscyllium ocellatum

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Epaulette Shark


Like other sharks, female epaulette sharks do not provide care for their young. Epaulette sharks lay two to three eggs per week in tough, leathery egg cases. In approximately 130 days, the young sharks hatch. They are totally independent and ready to fend for themselves.

As with most sharks, they have very low reproductive rates and are vulnerable to population decline if overfished.

Fan Photo

Divers at the Tennessee Aquarium
Photo by amsd2dth

About This Animal

SIZE: 3.5 feet in length

RANGE: Australia and New Guinea

HABITAT: Tide pools and shallow waters associated with coral reefs

DIET:  Bottom-dwelling invertebrates such as worms, shrimp and shellfish