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Brownbanded Bamboo Shark (Juvenile)

Chiloscyllium punctatum


"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:


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:


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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Eric Noora
Eric Noora 8 years ago

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

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 8 years ago

cool! :)

AliceGreenup 8 years ago

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

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


Eric Noora
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Eric Noora

Batangas, Philippines

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

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