White Spotted Bamboo Shark
Scientific NameChiloscyllium plagiosum
Native To Coastal regions of the mid-Pacific and Indian Ocean
Habitat Shallow tropical reefs
Diet Small fish and invertebrates
Size and Age Between 60-95 cm (24-37 in) long; lifespan up to 25 years
These small carpet sharks are nocturnal reef-dwellers. They have elongated and narrow bodies, with lobed fins and rounded snouts. These adaptations are for gliding along coral reefs. They can even use their strong pectoral fins to crawl across the ocean floor.
White spotted bamboo sharks are poorly understood in the wild. Much of what is known about their biology and reproduction has been learned under human care.