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 Grey bamboo shark (Chiloscyllium griseum)

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Grey bamboo shark
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

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


Scientific: Chiloscyllium griseum
German: Grauer Bambushai
English: Grey bamboo shark
French: Requin-chabot gris
Spanish: Bamboa gris


Fairly stout body with a greatly elongated, thick precaudal tail. Mouth well in front of the eyes, big spiracles below the eyes. Snout rounded anteriorly. Both dorsal fins equal-sized, rounded, somewhat smaller than pelvic fins. No dorsal spines. Origin of first dorsal fin over the insertion of pelvic fins. Anal fin just ahead of the caudal fin.


Adults are entirely brown with no color pattern. Juveniles show dark transverse bands.


Indo-Western Pacific: Iran, Arabian Peninsula, Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Japan, Philippines, Papua New Guinea.


A common species. Lives in inshore waters, at the bottom.


Feeds mainly on invertebrates.


Maximum size at least 74 cm.


Egg laying (oviparous). Deposits its oval eggs at the bottom.

 Similar Species

Similar (based on coloration) to the Arabian carpetshark but that species has dorsal fins that are larger than the pelvic fins.


Status in the IUCN Red List(Version 2001):

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

 Danger to Humans


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