Author: (Quoy and Gaimard, 1824)
Mouth well in front of eyes, spineless dorsal fins far posterior on tail, extremely elongated thick precaudal tail, long and low anal fin just anterior to caudal fin, dark wide-spaced spots, a moderately large black spot on flanks above pectoral fins, no black hood.
Body somewhat stouter and snout less swollen and greatly elongated than in H. Ocellatum. Colour pattern of scattered large and small dark spots, not close-set and not forming a light reticular pattern with the background colour; head without a dark hood, flanks above pectoral fins with a moderately large black spot, not formed into a conspicuous ocellus; no large white spots on sides; no dark crossbands on ventral surface of tail.
Western South Pacific: Indonesia (Irian Jaya, Waigeo), Papua New Guinea.
Habitat and Biology:
A little-known bottom shark, probably common on coral reefs.
To at least 46 cm total length.
Interest to Fisheries:
None at present.
Syntypes: Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, MNHN A. 7792, two, 250 and 300 mm. Type Locality: Waigiu (Waigeo), Indonesia.