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 Catshark (Chiloscyllium indicum)

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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

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


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


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.


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


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


Common, but little-known species of inshore water.


Feeds probably on invertebrates.


Maximum size about 65 cm.


Egg laying (oviparous).

 Similar Species

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


Status in the IUCN Red List(Version 2001):

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

 Danger to Humans


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