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 Catshark (Chiloscyllium indicum)

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 Photo

Catshark
No image of Catshark 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 indicum
German: Schlanker Bambushai
English: Catshark, Frog shark, Nurse shark, Ridge back shark, Ridgeback catshark, Ridgebacked bamboo shark, Slender bamboo shark, Stone shark, Time teller shark
French: Requin-chabot élégant
Spanish: Bamboa elegante


 Appearance

Very slender body and tail. Snout narrowly rounded anteriorly. Both dorsal fins equal-sized, round and smaller than pelvic fins. Origin of first dorsal fin over insertion (end) of pelvic fin. Anal fin ends right in front of caudal fin.

 Coloration

Numerous dark brown or blackish spots or dashes on light brown body.

 Distribution

Indo-Western Pacific: Arabian Sea to India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, Solomon Islands.

 Biology

Common, but little-known species of inshore water.

 Feeding

Feeds probably on invertebrates.

 Size

Maximum size about 65 cm.

 Reproduction

Egg laying (oviparous).

 Similar Species

Other bamboosharks have a similar appearance but the coloration of this species is distinctive.

 Endangerment

Status in the IUCN Red List(Version 2001):

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


 Danger to Humans

Harmless.



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