ORA® Captive-Bred Speckled Carpet Shark Info
Speckled Carpet Sharks (Hemiscyllium trispeculare) are a tiny benthic shark species that is native to the northwestern part of Australia. The shape and size of this species are like those of the Epaulette Shark (Hemiscyllium ocellatum) with a longer body with small, round pelvic and pectoral fins as well as an estimated maximum size of just 31 inches. Patterns of the Speckled Carpet Shark consist of densely spaced fine spots that cover the entire body and head. The overall color is tan and has saddles of dark brown that comprise dark groups of spots. The distinctive ocelli, also known as “epaulettes” are clearly defined and are bordered by a white-colored halo, and a dark patch on the rear.
Speckled Carpet Sharks are most active at night and remain in a protected area in the daytime. Instead of swimming all the time around the tank, they prefer to be bottom dwellers, who can swim in short bursts, but it is preferential to “walk” around with their fins that are paired. In the wild, they display this behavior by walking between tide pools while they search for their favorite prey species which include smaller fish and crustaceans cephalopods, mollusks, and polychaete worms. Speckled Carpet Sharks will only consume food that fits inside their mouths, and they aren’t tearing off their prey as with traditional sense “traditional” predatory sense. They prefer bite-sized pieces of food that they chew carefully before swallowing.