White-spotted Bamboo Shark

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About the White-spotted Bamboo Shark


The Whitespotted bambooshark is a tropical reef-associated shark that is native to the Indo-West Pacific and found in India, Maldives, Papua New Guinea, Japan and Indonesia. This species is in the same family as the Carpet and Bamboo shark as well



The Whitespotted bambooshark has dark bands horizontal around its body with many white or bluish spots as well. The max length of a Whitespotted bambooshark male is around 83cm and 95cm for females. The max reported age was about 25 years old.



The young are produced by means of eggs that are hatched after they have been laid by the parent. During the development period inside the egg the embryos feed solely on yolk. The young are hatched In Taiwan hatching in June to August, at about 10-16cm in length. Females lay two egg capsules at a time, on average every 6 to 7 days with a hatching period range of 110 to 135 days. The Whitespotted bambooshark reaches sexual maturity in a range of 50 to 63cm in length.



The Whitespotted bambooshark is a bottom feeder shark that feeds on bony fish and others such as lobster, shrimp and crab.


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Scientific NameChiloscyllium plagiosum
OrderCarpet Sharks - Orectolobiformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNNear Threatened
SpeciesChiloscyllium plagiosum
Common Length95.0 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 0 - 50 m
DistributionWestern Indian Ocean