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Brownbanded Bamboo Shark
The Brownbanded Bamboo Shark is
also known as the Banded catshark.
- BROWNBANDED BAMBOO SHARK
Scientific Name.... Chiloscyllium punctatum
Family Name...... Hemiscyllidae
- General Information: Brownbanded bamboo sharks
are considered one of 13 species of the long tailed carpet sharks. They
are subdivided into the epaulette sharks ( hemiscyllium ) and
bamboo sharks (chiloscyllium ). These usually small fish have
thin, slightly flattened, elongated bodies. They have two large
spineless dorsal fins that are about the same size. The anal fin,
far back on the underside, is in front of the caudal fin, and
separated from it by a notch. These short, stubby, paired fins
are used by many species for "walking" across the bottom.
- Size: Adult bamboo sharks maximum length
is approximately 40.6 inches long. The young are about 6.4 inches.
- Color: They are a uniform brown in color as
adults. The juveniles have dark bands on a light background, but
fade or disappear altogether as they become adults.
- Feeding Habits: These nocturnal active sharks
feed on small benthic fishes and crustaceans and ploychaete worms.
It probes coral rubble and sand with their snouts in search of
- Social Behaviour: The brownbanded bamboo sharks
hide within the reefs during the day, and emerges from hiding
at night to feed.
- Habitat | Migration | Distribution:
to India and Japan to Australia. They are common inshore on coral
and rocky reefs and in tide pools.
- Reproduction: This species is oviparous. During
courtship and copulation, the male brownbanded bamboo shark bites
the female's pectoral fin and may also bite her gill region.
- Population Report: Not Uncommon.
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