Chiloscyllium arabicum

Gubanov, 1980

Arabian carpetshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Orectolobiformes Hemiscylliidae

Reference of the original description
Gubanov, E.P. & Schleib, N.A. (1980)
Sharks of the Arabian Gulf. Kuwait Ministry of Public Works, Agracultural Department, Fisheries Division. Sharks of the Arabian Gulf.: 1–69

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Chiloscyllium cf. arabicum, Chiloscyllium confusum

Description :

Citation: Chiloscyllium arabicum Gubanov, 1980: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 08/2022

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Chiloscyllium arabicum Gubanov, 1980, © Randall, J.E,
Common names
spa Bamboa arábiga, fra \(T\) Requin-chabot camot, eng Arabian bamboo shark, eng Arabian carpet shark, eng Arabian carpetshark, eng Confusing bamboo shark

Short Description
Mouth well in front of eyes; spineless dorsal fins far posterior on tail; greatly elongated thick precaudal tail, long and low anal fin just anterior to caudal fin, prominent predorsal and interdorsal ridges on back, dorsal fins with nearly straight posterior margins, first dorsal-fin origin opposite or just behind pelvic fin insertions, second dorsal fin usually with a longer base than first; no color pattern [531].

Western Indian Ocean: India, Pakistan, and the Persian Gulf between Iraq and the Arabian Peninsula. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; price category: not marketed/unknown; price reliability:

Oviparous. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. Lays up to four egg-cases on coral reefs which hatch after 70-80 days [531]. Found in coral reefs, lagoons, rocky shores, and mangrove estuaries [531].

Size / Weight / Age
78.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [1998])

demersal; marine; depth range 3 - 100 m [531]

shark-references Species-ID=1373;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Paraleptus chiloscyllii Yin & Zhang, 1983 [23020]