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 Brownbanded bambooshark (Chiloscyllium punctatum)

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Brownbanded bambooshark
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

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


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


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.


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


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


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).


Feeds most likely on invertebrates.


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


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.


Status in the IUCN Red List(Version 2001):

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

 Danger to Humans


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