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 Arabian carpetshark (Chiloscyllium arabicum)

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 Photo

Arabian carpetshark
No image of Arabian carpetshark 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 arabicum
German: Arabischer Bambushai
English: Arabian carpetshark
French: Requin-chabot camot
Spanish: Bamboa arabiga


 Appearance

Cylindrical body. Mouth in front of eyes, big spiracles below the eyes. Relatively long snout. Both dorsal fins equal-sized. No spines. Origin of first dorsal fin approximately over the insertion of pelvic fin. Pelvic fins about as large as dorsal fins but larger than anal fin. Anal fin with broad base and only separated by a small notch from the caudal fin. Pectoral fins small and broad based, about the same size as pelvic fins. Greatly elongated thick precaudal tail.

 Coloration

No distinctive color pattern. Entire body light brown.

 Distribution

Indian Ocean: In the Gulf area between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula.

 Biology

Little-known bottom dwelling species. Common inshore to offshore,from 3m down to about 100 m.

 Feeding

Feeds probably on invertebrates and small fishes.

 Size

Maximum length about 70 cm, average size between 50 and 60 cm.

 Reproduction

Probably egg laying (oviparous).

 Similar Species

Other species of the same genus have a similar appearance but most of the others do have a distinctive color pattern.

 Endangerment

Status in the IUCN Red List:


No Entry found in Red List.


 Danger to Humans

Harmless.



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