Chiloscyllium griseum   Muller & Henle,  1838 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Elasmobranchii

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Size: 74.0 cm TL (male)

Color: Light brown, yellow-brown or grey-brown above, cream below, with 12-13 prominent saddle marks in young, fading with growth and absent in adults. Dark bands in juveniles.

A small shark; body moderately stout, without lateral ridges; precaudal tail moderately stout, longer than trunk. Snout broadly rounded; 5 small gill slits; spiracles large and below eyes; eyes elevated, with a low supraorbital ridge above them, without nictitating eyelids; nostrils with short barbels, nasoral grooves, and circumnarial grooves; mouth small, transverse:, and well in front of eyes; teeth small, similar in both jaws, with a single small cusp. Two dorsal fins, slightly smaller than pelvic fins and without attenuated, projecting free rear tips; origin of first dorsal fin varying from over last third of pelvic fin bases to over pelvic fin insertions; second dorsal fin almost as large as first; anal fin long, low arid broadly rounded, with its origin behind free rear tip of second dorsal fin and with its insertion at lower caudal fin origin; caudal fin strongly asymmetrical, with a pronounced caudal subterminal notch but without a ventral lobe, its length less than 1/3 length of rest of shark. Caudal peduncle cylindrical, without keels or precaudal pits. Intestinal valve of ring type.

Dioecious, internal (oviduct) fertilization, nonguarders, open water/substratum egg scatterers. Oviparous, deposits eggs in small, oval eggs cases on the bottom. Paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk. Distinct pairing with embrace. During copulation observed in captivity, the male bites the female's pectoral fin in a side-to-side position.

Synonym (s)
Chiloscyllium hasselti (non Bleeker, 1852)
(Misapplied name)
Chiloscyllium indicum var. obscurum Ogilby, 1888
(Ambiguous synonym)
Chiloscyllium obscurum Gray, 1851
(Ambiguous synonym)
Chiloscyllium plagiosum (non Anon, 1830)
(Misapplied name)
Chiloscyllium punctatum (non Muller & Henle, 1838)
(Misapplied name)
Hemiscyllium griseum (Muller & Henle, 1838)
(Senior synonym)
Hemiscyllium griseus (Muller & Henle, 1838)
(Senior synonym)
Scyliorhinus unicolor Blainville, 1816
(Ambiguous synonym)
Scyllium griseum (Muller & Henle, 1838)
(Ambiguous synonym)
Chiloscyllium grisium Muller & Henle, 1838
Hemiscyllium griseurm (Muller & Henle, 1838

Common Name (s)
• Banded Dogfish (English)
• Black Banded Cat Shark (English)
• Blackbanded Shark (English)
• Grey Bamboo Shark (English)
• Ettee (Malayalam)
• Karungan Sravu (Malayalam)
• Baravla (Marathi)
• Corungum Sorrah (Tamil)
• Kurangu Sorrah (Tamil)
• Cat Shark (English)
• Blackbanded bamboo shark (English)
• Ridge-back cat-shark (English)
• Dogfish (English)
• Udumban Sravu (Malayalam)
• Bakhi Sorrah (Telugu)
• Bakhi Sorrah (Oriya)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, utilized as a food fish.)
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(Threatened by overfishing, destructive fishing practices and habitat modification, including the damage and destruction of coral reefs throughout much of its range.)

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Demersal, Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Small fish, shrimps, worms, molluscs, crabs and invertebrates


• Maharashtra, Alibag INDIA
• Kerala, Kochi INDIA (Record: 2000-2002)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA
• West Bengal, Kiagoria INDIA (Record: 1981-1982)
• West Bengal, Digha Ghole (Lat: 87.53) (Long: 21.61) INDIA (Record: 1981-1982)
• Tamil Nadu, Kovalam INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA
• East Coast INDIA
• Kerala, Kochi Fisheries Harbour INDIA (Record: 01/2008-06/2009)

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