Hemiscyllium strahani Whitley, 1967
Hooded carpetshark
Hemiscyllium strahani
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Hemiscylliidae (Bamboo sharks)
Max. size:  80 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 3 - 18 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Papua New Guinea. Also reported from Indonesia (questionable occurrence).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 0-0. Caudal fin with a pronounced subterminal notch but without a ventral lobe (Ref. 13575). Head and snout with an abrupt black hood; body with conspicuous large white spots (Ref. 13575).
Biology:  A little-known inshore bottom shark of singular and unique appearance (Ref. 247). Probably found on coral reefs (Ref. 247). Oviparous (Ref. 50449).
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU); Date assessed: 30 April 2003 (B1ab(iii)) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Carpenter, Kent E. - 15.06.92
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 25.04.16
Checked by: Luna, Susan M. - 08.02.94

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