Whitespotted Bamboo Shark
Scientific name..........Chiloscyllium Plagiosum
Whitespotted bamboo sharks body are small and slender with very
long tails. The mouth is well in front of the eyes. Both dorsal fins
are of equal size and about the same size as the pelvic fins. The
paired fins are muscular and can be used like legs to crawl around
on the bottom. They have short, pointed sensory organs called "barbels,"
attached to each nostril.
The Whitespotted Bamboo shark can grow to a maximum length of 37
inches ( 95cm ). They mature at 20-24 inches ( 50-60cm). At birth
they measure about 4.6 to 5.8 inches.
Dark body, with numerous light and dark spots, dark bands and
saddles not conspicuously edged with black. Color patterns of young
often different and bolder than adults.
Eats small bottom fishes, cephalopods, shelled molluscs and
They are nocturnal. Rest in reef crevices by day, feeds at night.
Indo-west Pacific: Madagascar to Indonesia, Philippines and Japan.
These sharks occur in intertidal pools, very shallow water, rocky
and coral reefs close inshore and on sediments, and offshore in
Poorly known, presumably oviparous, laying oval eggcases.