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Hemiscylliidae - bamboo sharks, longtail carpet sharks

Brownbanded Bamboo SharkThere are around 12 species in this family of small sharks. Longtail carpet sharks and bamboo sharks are usually less than four feet in length. They are found in shallow tropical waters in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

They have long, cylindrical bodies with tails that are longer than their bodies. They have barbels on their snouts.

Many of the sharks in this family have spotted and banded markings on their bodies. They feed on the ocean floor and eat small fish and crustaceans.

 

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status, or there is no status data for the species.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None   None

Species Around the World

Location Key
Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North/Central America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH Species
atlantic OceanAtlantic Ocean Arctic OceanArctic Ocean indian OceanIndian Ocean southern oceanMediterranean/Black Sea pacific oceanPacific Ocean

Arabian Carpetshark - Chiloscyllium arabicum Near Threatened Asia indian Ocean
Burmese Bambooshark - Chiloscyllium burmensis Asia indian Ocean
Gray Bamboo Shark - Chiloscyllium griseum Near Threatened Asia Australia indian Ocean pacific ocean
Indonesian Bambooshark - Chiloscyllium hasselti Near Threatened Asia indian Ocean pacific ocean
Ridgebacked Bamboo Shark - Chiloscyllium indicum Near Threatened Asia indian Ocean pacific ocean
Whitespotted Bamboo Shark - Chiloscyllium plagiosum Least Concern Asia indian Ocean pacific ocean
Brownbanded Bamboo Shark - Chiloscyllium punctatum Near Threatened Asia Australia indian Ocean pacific ocean
Indonesian Speckled Carpet Shark - Hemiscyllium freycineti Near Threatened Asia Australia pacific ocean
Papuan Epaulette Shark - Hemiscyllium hallstromi Vulnerable Australia pacific ocean
Epaulette Shark - Hemiscyllium ocellatum Least Concern Asia Australia indian Ocean pacific ocean
Hooded Carpet Shark - Hemiscyllium strahani Vulnerable Australia pacific ocean
Speckled Carpet Shark - Hemiscyllium trispeculare Least Concern Australia indian Ocean pacific ocean
   

Additional Information

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Brownbanded Bamboo Shark - Chiloscyllium punctatum profile Photos Video Near Threatened Asia Australia indian Ocean pacific ocean
The brownbanded bamboo shark is found in the waters off of Australia, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Epaulette Shark - Hemiscyllium ocellatum Photos Least Concern Asia Australia indian Ocean pacific ocean
The brownbanded bamboo shark is found in the waters off of Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Hooded Carpet Shark - Hemiscyllium strahani profile Photos Vulnerable Australia pacific ocean
The hooded carpet shark is found in the waters off of Papua New Guinea.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Papuan Epaulette Shark - Hemiscyllium hallstromi Photos Vulnerable Australia pacific ocean
The Papuan epaulette shark is found in the waters off of Papua New Guinea.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Whitespotted Bamboo Shark - Chiloscyllium plagiosum Photos Video Least Concern Asia indian Ocean pacific ocean
The whitespotted bamboo shark is also known as the bluespotted bamboo shark. It is found in the waters off of China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam .
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes