Relatively small, slender sharks with nasal flaps modified into slender nasal barbels; snout broadly rounded; two similar widely-spaced dorsal fins; anal fin small. Greyish-brown above, paler below, sometimes with blotches on body and fins; juveniles light brown with distinct darker blotches. To 1.6 m long.
These active swimming sharks live on or near the bottom and feed on cephalopods, fishes and crustaceans. The species is targeted in the Western Australian shark fishery. Females give birth to live young.
Rocky and weedy areas, to depth of 220 m.
Southern Australia, rare in Victoria.
Although considered harmless to humans, has the potential to bite.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Least Concern