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Epaulette Shark

Scientific name:  Hemiscyllium ocellatum
Class:  Fish
Continent:  Australia
Habitat:  Shallow water reefs in the Western Paccific
Diet:  Carnivore

The Name of This Shark Comes From the Large Black Spot on Their Side

The name of this shark comes from the large black spot on their side, remniscent of military epaulettes. These sharks use their pectoral fins like legs and are often found "walking around" the ocean floor. They can even leave the water and walk over sand and rocks to get into tide pools where their prey has little chance of escape.

Conservation Status
Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated

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