Hemiscyllium halmahera Allen, Erdmann & Dudgeon, 2013
Halmahera Epaulette Shark
photo by Erdmann, M.V.

Family:  Hemiscylliidae (Bamboo sharks)
Max. size:  68.1 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; marine; depth range 5 - 10 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Indonesia.
Diagnosis:  This species is distinguished by its colour pattern, generally brown with numerous clusters of mainly 2-3 dark polygonal spots; widely scattered white spots in the matrix between dark clusters; less than 10 large dark spots on the interorbital/snout region; a pair of large dark marks on the ventral surface of the head; a fragmented post-cephalic mark consisting of a large U-shaped dark spot with a more or less continuous white margin on the lower half, followed by a vertical row of 3, smaller clusters of 2-3 polygonal dark marks (Ref. 94061).
IUCN Red List Status: Near Threatened (NT); Date assessed: 04 May 2020 (B2ab(ii,iii,v)) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 02.09.13
Checked by: Bailly, Nicolas - 29.11.21

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