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Whitespotted Bamboo Shark
Threat Level: low
Scientific name..........Chiloscyllium Plagiosum
Whitespotted bamboo sharks body are small and slender with very long tails. The mouth is well in front of the eyes. Both dorsal fins are of equal size and about the same size as the pelvic fins. The paired fins are muscular and can be used like legs to crawl around on the bottom. They have short, pointed sensory organs called "barbels," attached to each nostril.
The Whitespotted Bamboo shark can grow to a maximum length of 37 inches ( 95cm ). They mature at 20-24 inches ( 50-60cm). At birth they measure about 4.6 to 5.8 inches.
Dark body, with numerous light and dark spots, dark bands and saddles not conspicuously edged with black. Color patterns of young often different and bolder than adults.
Eats small bottom fishes, cephalopods, shelled molluscs and crustaceans.
They are nocturnal. Rest in reef crevices by day, feeds at night.
Indo-west Pacific: Madagascar to Indonesia, Philippines and Japan. These sharks occur in intertidal pools, very shallow water, rocky and coral reefs close inshore and on sediments, and offshore in bays.
Poorly known, presumably oviparous, laying oval eggcases.
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