Brachaelurus waddi (Bloch and Schneider, 1801)

Common Name: 
Blind Shark
Distribution: 

Abundant in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Endemic to eastern Australia, ranges from southern Queensland to southern New South Wales. Records from Western Australia need confirmation.

Ecological Notes: 

Frequents relatively shallow coastal and offshore waters. Adults usually under ledges or amongst corals and reef while young found in high surge zones. Feeds on a variety of invertebrates. Depth from intertidal areas to 140 m.

Additional Notes: 

Colour varies from black to brown, sometimes with broad bands and pale spots. Often caught by rock fisherman, normally nocturnal. Harmless species which grows to 66 cm.

References: 

FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. https://fishbase.ca/summary/brachaelurus-waddi.html. Accessed 30/09/2018.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=Brachaelurus+waddi. Accessed 30/09/2018.