Hemiscyllium trispeculare

Speckled Carpetshark | Marbled Carpetshark | Speckled Cat Shark
Hemiscyllium trispeculare
Hemiscyllium trispeculare, Photo: Graham Edgar


Tropical Indo-Pacific


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

Depth: 0-50m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Infrequent (5.0% 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