Heterodontus galeatus (Günther, 1870)
Crested hornshark
Heterodontus galeatus
photo by Atkinson, W.

Family:  Heterodontidae (Bullhead, horn, or Port Jackson sharks)
Max. size:  152 cm TL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 12 years
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 93 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: eastern Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 2-2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 0-0. Body with broad blackish bands or saddle markings (Ref. 9838).
Biology:  A moderately common benthic and epibenthic shark found on the continental shelf (Ref. 247, 43278). Occurs from close inshore to about 93 m depth (Ref. 247, 43278). Feeds primarily on sea urchins, but also on crustaceans, mollusks, and small fishes (Ref. 31369). Oviparous, egg cases spirally flanged and with long tendrils (Ref. 6871). Hatches at about 22 cm (Ref. 6871).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 03 May 2015 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  traumatogenic

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