Papuan Epaulette Shark

As the name indicates, the Papuan epaulette shark is a species of bamboo shark living in Papua New Guinea.

Papuan Epaulette Shark Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Orectolobiformes
Family Hemiscylliidae
Genus Hemiscyllium
Scientific Name H. hallstromi


These sharks are 29.52 inches long. Its body is thin, with four pectoral fins, two dorsal fins, and a long tail.

They are brownish-orange, with splotchy brown or black spots.

Where do they live

The Papuan epaulette shark lives around southern Papua New Guinea.



These sharks are oviparous, i.e., they lay eggs.

Interactions with humans

The IUCN classified this shark as “Vulnerable” or “VU”.

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