Brachaelurus waddi (Bloch and Schneider, 1801)

Common Name: 
Blind Shark

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.


FishBase. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. World Wide Web electronic publication. Accessed 30/09/2018.

Atlas of Living Australia website at Accessed 30/09/2018.