Whitespotted bamboo shark - Chiloscyllium plagiosum
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
A small shark with spots. Its dorsal fins are straight or convex rear margins, and its anal fin is set very far back on a very long, thick tail. Its first dorsal fin origin is opposite or just behind the pelvic fin insertions, and it has lateral ridges on its body.
This shark has a pokie machines dark body with numerous light and dark spots, dark bands and saddles not conspicuously edged with black.
When the shark hatches, it is about 3.54 to 4.72 inches [9 to12 cm] in length. Females mature when they are 1.6 to 2 ft [50 to 60 cm], and the shark can reach a length of 3.1 ft [95 cm].
The shark prefers inshore waters. It is usually seen on the bottom, or on the reefs in the tropics.
Indo-west Pacific from Madagascar to Indonesia, the Philippines, and Japan.
Prey – Bony fishes and crustaceans.
Reproduction – Oviparous.
This shark is nocturnal. It rests in reef crevices by day, and feeds at night.
These sharks are important in inshore fisheries. They are used for food, and are a popular aquarium species.