Hemiscyllium galei

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Hemiscyllium galei
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Orectolobiformes
Family: Hemiscylliidae
Genus: Hemiscyllium
H. galei
Binomial name
Hemiscyllium galei
Cenderwasih Epaulette Shark Range.png
Range of the Cenderwasih epaulette shark

Hemiscyllium galei, the Cenderwasih epaulette shark, is a species of bamboo shark in the family Hemiscylliidae. Together with H. henryi, it was only scientifically described in 2008 by Gerald R. Allen and Mark V. Erdmann.[1][2] At present, H. galei is only known from depths of 2 to 4 metres (6 ft 7 in to 13 ft 1 in) at reefs in the Cenderawasih Bay in West Papua, Indonesia.[1] The largest known specimen was 56.8 centimetres (22.4 in) long.[1] It can be separated from its relatives (e.g., H. freycineti) by the combination of seven relatively large dark spots along the side of the body (between the abdomen and tail-base), white markings on the edge of its dark dorsal saddles and other scattered white spots on the upper side.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Allen & Erdmann (2008). "Two new species of bamboo sharks (Orectolobiformes: Hemiscylliidae) from Western New Guinea". Aqua (Miradolo Terme). 13 (3–4): 93–108.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2010). "Hemiscyllium galei" in FishBase. May 2010 version.

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