White Spotted Bamboo Shark
Scientific Name Chiloscyllium plagiosum (Name meaning: Genus means "lip shark")
Native To Indo-west Pacific
Habitat Shallow tropical reefs. Spends the day resting in crevices.
Size and Age Average size 60 - 80 cm, maximum size 95 cm.
- Reproduction: Oviparous. Females will typically deposit two leathery egg cases (sometimes called "mermaid's purses") weekly for about 2 months. Pups hatch after an average of 128 days.
- In 2017, the three females in the bamboo shark touch pool deposited over 150 egg cases between January and July!
- Poorly understood in the wild. Much of what is known about their biology and reproduction has been learned from individuals under human care.
- Primary threats include habitat loss, fishing, and marine pollution.