Animal Species:Grey Carpetshark, Chiloscyllium punctatum Müller & Henle, 1838
The Grey Carpetshark is a small, grey to brown fish that occurs throughout the tropical and subtropical Indo-west Pacific.
Standard Common Name
Brown-banded Bamboo Shark, Brown-banded Cat Shark, Brown-spotted Catshark, Brownbanded Bambooshark, Spotted Catshark
The Grey Carpetshark is a small slender species with small eyes, nasal barbels and two similar-sized dorsal fins. It lacks a lower caudal fin lobe. Adults are brown or grey, juveniles have about 10 vertical bands.
It grows to about 1.5 m in length.
The species occurs throughout the tropical and subtropical Indo-west Pacific. In Australia it is known from inshore tropical and subtropical waters.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Feeding and Diet
The species feeds on benthic invertebrates.
Mating and reproduction
It lays eggs cases that are about 11 cm long and 5 cm wide (see link above to Grey Carpetshark Senses).
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Last, P.R. & J.D. Stevens. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Edition 2. CSIRO. Pp. 644, Pl. 1-91.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology