Again, Australia gets all the cool things. I clearly need to get my butt down there to see these cool things… ASAP.
It’s a bamboo shark, part of the Hemiscylliidae family (hence the genus name); the genus name is actually derived from the Greek words ‘hemi’ and ‘skylla’ meaning half and a kind of shark. Australia is also home to another member from the Hemiscylliidae family: the epaulette shark. Have no fear: there’s a way to tell these sharks apart, though!
They’re probably endemic (but may be found in the nearby neighbor, Indonesia), but that isn’t 100% confirmed yet. Their wide (if you can call it that?) range is partially protected from fishing, and are not targeted by fisheries.
“What sort of range?” Oh, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. No biggie.
They frequent shallow, tropical waters and are found resting under corals. They are rather small, reaching a max size of .79 m (2.59 ft).
The adults and juvies of this species probably munch on invertebrates that live on the ocean floor and small fishes (kind of like the diet of the epaulette shark). Besides that little is known about their biology. But they are oviparous!
Have you ever seen these little sharks?