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Chiloscyllium punctatum Müller, &. Henle, 1838
Brown-banded Bamboo Shark; Brown-banded Cat Shark; Brown-banded Cat-shark; Brown-banded Catshark; Brown-spotted Cat-shark; Brown-spotted Catshark; Brownbanded Bamboo Shark; Brownbanded Bambooshark; Gray Carpet Shark; Grey Carpet Shark; Spotted Catshark; Hemiscyllium punctatum Müller and Henle, 1838

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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Chondrichthyes  
 Order Orectolobiformes  
 Family Hemiscylliidae  
 Genus Chiloscyllium  
  Chiloscyllium punctatum    Müller & Henle, 1838 
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Synonyms: Chiloscyllium hasselti Chiloscyllium margaritiferum Chyloscyllium punctatum Hemiscyllium punctatum Hemiscyllium punctaturn Scyliorhinus russellianus Scyllium punctatum Squalus russellianus   details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993); 中國動物誌-圓口綱及軟骨魚綱(朱等, 2001); FAO Species Catalogue, Vol.4 Sharks of the world
Character: Body elongated, tail moderately slender and compressed. Mouth well in front of eyes. Snout rounded anteriorly. No lateral ridge on trunk. Dorsal fins large and angular, somewhat larger than pelvic fins. Two dorsal fin with projecting free rear tips. Interdorsal space fairly short, slightly greater than 1st dorsal fin base. First dorsal origin over anterior halves of pelvic bases. Anal fin origin somewhat behind free rear tip of 1st dorsal fin. Colour light brown in adults, usually without a colour pattern, but young with dark transverse spots and usually a scattering of small blackish spots. 
Habitat: This is a common inshore bottom shark usually found on coral reefs. Oviparous, with a maximum total length of about 104 cm. 
Distribution: Indo-West Pacific including India, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Viet Nam, China, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, Australia. 
Utility: This species are regularly taken in inshore fisheries in Indian and Thailand, and utilized for human consumption. 
Name Code: 383133
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Chiloscyllium punctatum   Müller & Henle , 1838

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Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Orectolobiformes (Carpet sharks) > Hemiscylliidae (Bamboo sharks)
Etymology: Chiloscyllium: Greek, cheilos = lip + Greek, skylla = a kind of shark (Ref. 45335 ) .   More on author: Müller , Henle .

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 85 m (Ref. 43278 ).   Tropical; 34°N - 26°S, 78°E - 155°E

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Indo-West Pacific: Andaman Island and India east to Philippines, north to Japan and south to Australia.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: L m   ? , range 87 - ? cm
Max length : 132 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 106604 )

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0; Anal spines : 0; Anal soft rays : 0. Genus: Nostrils subterminal on snout; pre-oral snout long, mouth closer to eyes than snout tip; eyes and supraorbital ridges hardly elevated; no black hood on head or large spot or spots on sides of body above pectoral fins (Ref. 43278 ). Caudal fin with a pronounced subterminal notch but without a ventral lobe (Ref. 13575 ). Species: Young with dark transverse bands and usually a scattering of a few dark spots, bars not prominently edged with black (Ref. 13575 , 43278 ). Adults light-brown, usually without a color pattern (Ref. 13575 ). Dorsal fins larger than pelvic fins, with projecting free rear tips (Ref. 13575 ). Body without lateral dermal ridge (Ref. 4832 ,43278, 13575 ).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

A common inshore bottom shark found on coral reefs, often in tide pools (Ref. 247 ). Probably feeds on bottom invertebrates and small fish (Ref. 6871 ). Oviparous (Ref. 50449 ). Can survive up to 12 hours out of water (Ref. 247 ). Gills sometimes infested by larval isopods (Praniza-larva of isopod Gnathia ) (Ref. 247 ). Utilized as food (Ref. 247 ); for its meat and fins. Caught frequently by demersal gillnet, longline and trawl fisheries operating in insular and continental shelf waters (Ref.58048).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Oviparous, with rounded egg cases (Ref. 247 ). Paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk (Ref. 50449 ).

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Compagno, L.J.V. , 1984. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 4. Sharks of the world. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of shark species known to date. Part 1 - Hexanchiformes to Lamniformes. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(4/1):1-249. Rome, FAO. (Ref. 247 )

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185 )

  Near Threatened (NT)  

CITES (Ref. 115941 )

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361 )

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans


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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969 ): 24.6 - 29.1, mean 28.2 (based on 1554 cells). Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805 ):  PD 50 = 0.5039   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high]. Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00355 (0.00145 - 0.00871), b=3.14 (2.92 - 3.36), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245 ). Trophic Level (Ref. 69278 ):  4.1   ±0.64 se; Based on food items. Resilience (Ref. 69278 ):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Fec assumed to be <100). Vulnerability (Ref. 59153 ):  High vulnerability (59 of 100) . Price category (Ref. 80766 ):   Unknown .

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