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 Brownbanded bambooshark (Chiloscyllium punctatum)

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 Photo

Brownbanded bambooshark
No image of Brownbanded bambooshark found in the Shark Database
 Range Map

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 Systematics

Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

Class: Carlilagenous Fishes (Chondrichthyes)
  Order: Carpetsharks (Orectolobiformes)
    Family: Bamboosharks (Hemiscyllidae)
      Genus: Chiloscyllium (Chiloscyllium)


 Name

Scientific: Chiloscyllium punctatum
German: Braungeb√§nderter Bambushai
English: Brownbanded bambooshark, Brown-spotted catshark, Grey carpet shark, Spotted catshark
French: Requin-chabot bambou
Spanish: Bamboa estriada


 Appearance

Body moderately slender with greatly elongated thick precaudal tail. Mouth in front of eyes, spiracles below and behind eyes. Snout rounded anteriorly. Both dorsal fins are equal-sized. Origin of first dorsal fin above anterior halves of pelvic fin bases. Origin of anal fin behind the free rear end of second dorsal fin.

 Coloration

Adults are light brown with no distinctive color pattern. Young with dark transverse bands and usually scattered small blackish spots.

 Distribution

Indo-Western Pacific: India, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Philippines, Australia.

 Biology

A common species. Lives inshore around coral reefs, often found in tidepools. Can survive out of water for as long as half a day (such as when tidepools run out of water).

 Feeding

Feeds most likely on invertebrates.

 Size

Maximum length about 105 cm, average size between 70 and 90 cm.

 Reproduction

Most likely oviparous (egg laying).

 Similar Species

Unmistakable color pattern in young. Adults share the general appearance with other bamboosharks and taxonomic features should be used to clearly distinguish among them. However most other species have distinct color pattern in their adult stages, making this species easier to identify.

 Endangerment

Status in the IUCN Red List(Version 2001):

Main criterion: > NT (Near Threatened)
Sub criterion:
Trend: Declining


 Danger to Humans

Harmless.



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