Author: Whitley, 1967
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 conspicuous whiteringed black ocellar spot on flanks above pectoral fins, surrounded by smaller black spots, no black hood.
Colour pattern of scattered large and small dark spots, not close-set and not forming a light reticular pattern with the back ground colour; head without a dark hood, flanks above pectoral fins with a large black spot, ringed with white in the form of a conspicuous ocellus and with a number of surrounding smaller black spots; no large white spots on sides; no dark crossbands on ventral surface of tail.
Western South Pacific: Papua New Guinea, Indonesia (Irian Jaya).
Habitat and Biology:
A little-known inshore bottom shark, probably on coral reefs.
To at least 75 cm total length.
Interest to Fisheries:
None at present.
Holotype: Australian Museum, Sydney. TypeLocality: New Guinea.