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Life Science Identifier (LSID):

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Species presence
 Recorded In Australia
Conservation status
IUCNLeast Concern (Lower Risk)

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    Source: Australian National Fish Collection Images
    Image by: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO
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Online resources

Australian Museum provider for OZCAM
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Australian National Fish Collection Images
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Encyclopedia of Life
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Marine Life Society of South Australia
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Museum Victoria provider for OZCAM
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OZ Animals
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Port Phillip Marine Life
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Queensland Museum provider for OZCAM
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Reef Life Survey Images
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Species Lists

RLS profile v3
Abundance: 3.301
Behaviour: Adult female Port Jackson sharks from NSW migrate southwards as far as Tasmania during the summer months
Common_Name: Port Jackson shark;
Depth: 1–275 m
Description: The Port Jackson Shark has a distinctive appearance and occurs commonly, so is well known to most divers and fishermen in southern Australia. The species is not dangerous but should be handled with caution because it has a venomous barb in front of each dorsal fin
Diet: It also has strong jaws with plate-like teeth that are used for crushing bivalve molluscs
Distribution: Houtman Abrolhos, WA, to Byron Bay, NSW, and around Tas.
Frequency: 1.898
Habitat: Sheltered and moderately exposed reef, seagrass
IUCN_Threat_status: Least Concern
Invasive: Not known to be invasive
Life_History: Both it and H. galeatus have spirally flanged eggs, which are twisted into reef crevices and in which the young develop over a period of a year. Hatchlings require about 10 years to grow to maturity, which they reach at about 800 mm length
Max_size: 1.65 m
Range: 889.771
Threats: Fishing bycatch
similar_species: It can be confused only with the crested Port Jackson shark Heterodontus galeatus
South Australian Fish from the AFD
Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – vertebrates
Brief description: Head large, low ridge over each eye, two triangular dorsal fins each with a strong spine; pale greyish to brown, with dark harness-like markings.
Description : Body tapering to a slender tail with a robust head, a blunt snout, a low ridge over each eye and two triangular dorsal fins, each with a strong spine. Pale grey to brownish with dark harness-like markings. Usually 80 cm long head to tail tip (up to 140 cm).
Biology : A bottom-dwelling shark with sharp grasping teeth at the front of its jaws and crushing molars at the rear used for grabbing then crushing prey such as molluscs, sea urchins, crustaceans and fishes. Females lay dark brown spiral egg cases and wedge them into crevices for protection. The young hatch after about one year. The leathery egg cases often wash up on beaches after storms.
Habitat: Usually on rocky reefs, but also found on other bottoms.
Native status: Native to Australia
Diet: Carnivore
Distribution: Southern Australia.
Habitat types: Marine
Depth: Deep (>30m)
Water column: On or near seafloor
Commercial species: False
Author credit: Dianne J. Bray, Dr Martin F. Gomon / Museum Victoria

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Heterodontus portusjacksoni

Common Names

Common name Source
Port Jackson Shark
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Bullhead Shark
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Common Port Jackson Shark
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Horn Shark
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Oyster Crusher
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Working classification

Heterodontus portusjacksoni  Recorded in Australia

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