The Grey Bamboo Shark (Chiloscyllium griseum) is a marine (saltwater) fish in the Hemiscyllidae family of carpet sharks. It is an elasmobranch cartilaginous fish — a fish that does not have a bony skeleton.
The Grey Bamboo Shark is brown with an elongated, cylindrical body. It has short barbels hanging from its mouth. It has a long tail.
It is a small shark, growing to 74-121 centimetres (29-48 inches) in length.
It is found in the Indo-West Pacific oceans from the Arabian Sea to Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Japan, the Philippines, and Papua New Guinea.
It prefers shallow waters of reefs and lagoons. It feeds on fish and bottom-living invertebrates.
The Grey Bamboo Shark is oviparous. The female lays eggs that hatch after about 14-15 weeks.
Location of photographs: New York Aquarium, America
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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