Chiloscyllium griseum


Grey bambooshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Orectolobiformes Hemiscylliidae

Reference of the original description
MÜLLER, J. & HENLE, F.G.J. (1841)
Systematische Beschreibung der Plagiostomen. Berlin, Veit, pp. 1–200

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Chiloscyllium griseum MÜLLER & HENLE, 1838

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Chiloscyllium griseus, Chiloscyllium grisium, Chiloscyllium obscurum, Hemiscyllium griseum, Hemiscyllium griseurm, Hemiscyllium griseus

Chiloscyllium griseum
Lectotype: MNHN: 1010; Paralectotype: MNHN: 1009; MNHN: 1011;

Description :

Citation: Chiloscyllium griseum MÜLLER & HENLE, 1838: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 06/2019

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Chiloscyllium griseum MÜLLER & HENLE, 1838; ZMH 25675; Gulf of Thailand near Cha-Am, 30 m depth; 05.12.1993; 560 mm TL © Dr. Simon Weigmann, Elasmobranch Research Laboratory, Lüneburg
 source: WEIGMANN, S. (2012): Contribution to the Taxonomy and Distribution of Six Shark Species (Chondrichthyes, Elasmobranchii) from the Gulf of Thailand. ISRN Zoology, vol. 2012, Article ID 860768, 24 pages, doi:10.5402/2012/860768
Common names
spa Bamboa gris, fra \(T\) Requin-chabot gris, eng Banded dogfish, eng Black banded cat shark, eng Blackbanded shark, eng Carpet shark, eng Gray bamboo shark, eng Grey bambooshark, eng Grey catshark

Short Description
Genus: Nostrils subterminal on snout; pre-oral snout long, mouth closer to eyes than snout tip; eyes and supraorbital ridges hardly elevated; no black hood on head or large spot or spots on sides of body above pectoral fins [531]. Caudal fin with a pronounced subterminal notch but without a ventral lobe [16823]. Species: Light brown, yellow-brown or grey-brown above, cream below, with 12-13 prominent saddle marks in young, fading with growth and absent in adults [16823]. Dark bands in juveniles not outline in black [16823]. Dorsal fins smaller than pelvic fins, without projecting free rear tips [16823]. Body without lateral dermal ridge (Ref. 4832) [531] [16823].

Indo-West Pacific: Arabian Sea to Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Japan, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea. Probably occurring in Sri Lanka [16823]. Many records need confirmation [16823]. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: commercial

Oviparous, deposits eggs in small, oval eggs cases on the bottom [518]. Paired eggs are laid. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. Distinct pairing with embrace [17086]. During copulation observed in captivity, the male bites the female"quot;s pectoral fin in a side-to-side position (Ref. 49562, 51121).

Size / Weight / Age
74.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [518])

reef-associated; oceanodromous [17660]; brackish; marine; depth range 5 - 80 m [531]

shark-references Species-ID=1388;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Acanthobothrium indiana (JADHAV, SHINDE, MURALIDHAR & MOHEKAR, 1989) [16334]
  • Acanthobothrium indicum SUBHAPRADHA, 1955 [16423] [16092]
  • Acanthobothrium shastri (JADHAV, SHINDE, MURALIDHAR & MOHEKAR, 1989) [16334] [16092]
  • Biporophyllaeus madrassensis SUBRAMANIAM, 1939 [16426]
  • Carpobothrium megaphallum SUBHAPRADHA, 1955 [16423]
  • Eulacistorhynchus chiloscyllius SUBHAPRADHA, 1955 [16423] [16112]
  • Orectolobicestus chiloscylli (SUBHAPRADHA, 1955) RUHNKE, CAIRA & CARPENTER, 2006 [16423] [16443] [7406]
  • Yorkeria chiloscyllii SHINDE, MOHEKAR & JADHAV, 1986 [16401]