Speckled Carpetshark

The speckled carpetshark is a bamboo shark living around north and west Australia.

Speckled Carpetshark Scientific Classification

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


On average, these sharks are 1.8 feet, with the longest specimen being 2.6 feet long. There are dark brown spots on the snout, dark saddles on the back, and a large black epaulette spot surrounded by a conspicuous white ring and two curved black marks around the posterior half surrounded by tiny black spots.

Where do they live

Map Of The Speckled Carpetshark’s Habitat

Speckled Carpetshark Habitat Map

This shark is seen in Australia and possibly in Indonesia. They live in shallow, tropical waters around coral reefs, under table corals, and in tide pools.



Their diet most likely consists of benthic invertebrates.


They are oviparous, with the female sharks living eggs. Male juveniles reach sexual maturity at 20.8 inches.

Interactions with humans

Speckled carpetsharks are classified as “Least Concern” or “LC” due to the lack of significant threats.

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