Grey Bamboo Shark, Chiloscylium griseum

The Grey Bamboo Shark (Chiloscylium griseum) is a species of carpet shark belonging to the family Hemiscylliidae that can be found in the Indo-West Pacific Oceans from the Arabian Sea to Pakistan, India, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Japan, the Philippines, and Papua New Guinea, between latitudes 34 degrees North and 10 degrees South, and longitude 60 degrees East and 150 degrees East. It achieves a length of up to 74 centimeters.

The adults are brown in color and have no other coloration. They have a fairly stout body with a greatly elongated and thick precaudal tail. The mouth is well in front of the eyes with big spiracles located below the eyes. The snout is rounded anteriorly. Both dorsal fins are of equal size, rounded, and somewhat smaller than the pelvic fins. There are no dorsal spines. The origin of the first dorsal fin lies over the insertion of the pelvic fins. The anal fin is located just ahead of the caudal fin. The juveniles have transverse dark bands.

The reproduction regarding this species is Oviparous, meaning egg laying.

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

Image Caption: Chiloscyllium griseum. Credit: Citron/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)