Differs from H. ocellatum (epaulette shark) by having brown patches that form bars down body rather than small black spots, and presence of dark patch immediately behind prominent ocellus.
Max Size: 79 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 22.2-31.9°C
Habitat: Coral Reef
Threats: By-catch, Habitat degradation
IUCN Threat Status: Least Concern
Occurrence: Infrequent (5% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: extract from RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland