Epaulette Shark (species: Hemiscyllium ocellatum) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Hemiscyllium ocellatum
Epaulette Shark

©Anne Hoggett: Hemiscyllium ocellatum at Mermaid Cove, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Epaulette Shark at North Direction Island near Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Hemiscyllium ocellatum at Clam Garden, Lizard Island, at night
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Elasmobranchii
Order Orectolobiformes
Family Hemiscylliidae
Genus Hemiscyllium
Species Hemiscyllium ocellatum
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 107 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Not uncommon but cryptic during the day. Most often seen during extreme low tides when reefs are exposed to air, and at night.

Web resources


  • Stewart, B.D. (1998). Interactions between piscivorous coral reef fishes and their prey, Ph.D. thesis, James Cook University, Australia. LIRS catalog number 593.
  • Stewart, B.D. and G.P. Jones (2001). Associations between the abundance of piscivorous fishes and their prey on coral reefs: implications for prey-fish mortality, Marine Biology, 138(2): 383-397. LIRS catalog number 670.