Port Jackson Shark

Port Jackson Sharks live on rocky reefs close to the coast. They can be found down to depths of 275 m.

Port Jackson Shark egg Illustration

Andrew Howells © Australian Museum

Common name: Port Jackson Shark
Scientific name: Heterodontus portusjacksoni

They eat small bony fishes, crabs, lobsters, octopuses and sea urchins. The front teeth are small and pointed for holding and breaking prey. Their back teeth are broad and flat, perfect for crushing and grinding prey.

Port Jackson Sharks catch their food by using their sense of smell to detect prey.

Port Jackson Sharks lay eggs in cases on onshore reefs. After laying her egg the female wedges it in a rock ledge.

Individuals can grow up to 1.65 m long.

The species is harmless, but should not be handled because they have spines at the front of each dorsal fin.


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