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Brownbanded Bamboo Shark (Juvenile)

Chiloscyllium punctatum

Description:

"The brownbanded bamboo shark is an extremely hardy species, with a slender body and a thick, elongate tail. While the adults are light brown and lack an obvious colour pattern, juveniles are distinctly marked with bold dark transverse bands and a few scattered spots. Like all bamboo sharks (Hemiscylliidae), the paired pectoral and pelvic fins are muscular and leg-like, ideal for clambering over reefs and into crevices." Also know as Brown-spotted catshark, grey carpet shark, spotted catshark. - Source: http://www.arkive.org/brownbanded-bamboo...

Habitat:

Found on coral reefs and on sandy and muddy substrates from the intertidal zone down to depths of up to 85 metres. - See more at: http://www.arkive.org/brownbanded-bamboo...

Notes:

The very first creature we saw upon our shore entry for a night dive. Juvenile at about 20 cm in length. Depth of less than 2 m. Halo Anilao Dive Resort house reef, Batangas, Philippines

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16 Comments

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 8 years ago

Definitely is. First time to spot one in the wild. Thanks Karen :-)

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

What a cool shark!

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 8 years ago

Thank you Debbie :-)

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 8 years ago

You have some fabulous underwater photos Eric!

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 8 years ago

Thanks Jakubko :-)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

WOW! Splendid!

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 8 years ago

Thanks Gerardo. It was just gamely posing for us :-)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

What a spot Eric extraordinary :)

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 8 years ago

Thanks DyahPitaloca :-)

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 8 years ago

Thanks Alice. :-)

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 8 years ago

Thanks Elsa. None sure though of the mimetic strategy. Haven't read anything about that. But yeah it would look like one if that were the case. Cheers!

DyahPitaloca
DyahPitaloca 8 years ago

cool! :)

AliceGreenup
AliceGreenup 8 years ago

Great spotting! I'd say so elsa, especially as it is the juveniles that have that colouration.

Elsa
Elsa 8 years ago

NICE! Superb spotting Eric, I am only a little bit jealous.. It reminds me almost of a banded sea krait. I wonder if that is a mimetic strategy?

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 8 years ago

Thanks Ali :-)

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 8 years ago

Grace!

Eric Noora
Spotted by
Eric Noora

Batangas, Philippines

Spotted on Dec 27, 2012
Submitted on Feb 27, 2013

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