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Brownbanded Bamboo Shark

  • Order: Orectolobiformes
  • Family: Hemiscylliidae
  • Genus: Chiloscyllium
  • Species: punctatum
Fun Fact

These sharks are also called “cat sharks” because the sensory organs near their nose look like cat whiskers. They help the shark to find food.

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    About Brownbanded Bamboo Sharks

    These sharks grow to be about 3 feet long and are light brown with very faint banding. Juvenile sharks are marked with dark bands and scattered dark spots across the body.

    The brownbanded bamboo shark can survive outside of the water for up to 12 hours because they often hunt in tide pools. Typically, they scour the bottom for food and suck in what they find in the sand. They do not have very large mouths and will spit out whatever is too large for them to digest.

    Brownbanded Bamboo Sharks in the Wild


    They live in coral reefs and tide pools.


    This species is located in the Indo-West Pacific region and off the coast of New Guinea and Northern Australia.


    They feed on crab, shrimp, and small fish.

    Population Status

    They are listed as “near threatened” due to fishing for food, habitat destruction, and pollution.

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