Brownbanded Bamboo Shark, Chiloscyllium punctatum

The Brownbanded Bamboo Shark (Chiloscyllium punctatum) is a bamboo shark belonging to the family Hemiscylliidae found in the Indo-West Pacific from Japan to northern Australia, between latitudes 34 degrees north and 26 degrees south, to depths of 279 feet. It achieves a length of 41 inches. While the adults are overall brownish with faint suggestions of bands, the commonly seen juveniles are distinctly barred dark and pale.

This shark is classified as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List.

Its minimum population doubling is 4.5 to 14 years range. The major threats regarding these sharks are the loss of their habitat, pollution, and hunting.

Reproduction is oviparous. It is regularly bred in public aquaria, and is arguably the shark most appropriate to aquaria.

There are no color patterns for the adults but the juveniles have dark colored transverse bands with some dark spots.

These are nocturnal animals and can survive out of the water for up to 12 hours. They have barbels, which are sensory organs that look like whiskers.

They reside around coral reefs and tide pools.

These sharks are carnivores that should be fed about two to three times a week; some of their diet includes fresh shrimp, squid, scallop, and marine fish. In addition to the food, these sharks should take some iodine supplements to prevent goiter disease.

Image Caption: Brownbanded bambooshark (Chiloscyllium punctatum) at the KLCC Aquaria. Credit: Zul M Rosle/Wikipedia (CC BY 2.0)