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

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Size: Max length 121 cm TL male/unsexed

Color: Young with dark transverse bands and usually a scattering of a few dark spots, bars not prominently edged with black. Adults light-brown, usually without a color pattern.

Body and tail moderately slender; mouth rounded anteriorly and well in front of eyes; a short barbel next to each nasal opening; dorsal fins with elongated free rear tips, first dorsal fin origin oppposite to anterior halves of pelvic bases; anal fin long and just anterior to caudal fin. No lateral ridges on trunk. Dorsal fins larger than pelvic fins, with projecting free rear tips. Body without lateral dermal ridge. Dorsal spines (total): 0; Anal spines: 0.

Dioecious, internal (oviduct) fertilization, nonguarders, open water/substratum egg scatterers. Oviparous, with rounded egg cases. Paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk.

Can survive up to 12 hours out of water.

Synonym (s)
Chiloscyllium griseum (non Muller & Henle, 1838)
(Misapplied name)
Chiloscyllium hasselti (non Bleeker, 1852)
(Misapplied name)
Chiloscyllium indicum (non Gmelin, 1879)
(Misapplied name)
Chiloscyllium margaritiferum Bleeker, 1863
(Junior synonym)
Chiloscyllium plagiosum (non Anon, 1830)
(Misapplied name)
Hemiscyllium punctatum Muller & Henle, 1838
(Senior synonym)
Scyllium punctatum Kuhl & van Hasselt, 1823
(Ambiguous synonym)
Squalus russellianus Blainville, 1816
(Ambiguous synonym)
Hemiscyllium punctaturn (Muller & Henle, 1838)

Common Name (s)
• Brown Banded Bamboo Shark (English)
• Brown-Banded Catshark (English)
• Brown Spotted Catshark (English)
• Catshark (English)
• Gray Carpet Shark (English)
• Spotted Catshark (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Utilized as food, for its meat and fins; aquarium)

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Tertiary Consumer
Prey:  Bottom invertebrates and small fish
IUCN Status:  NearThreatened


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rutland Island INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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