Carpet Sharks


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Bamboo sharks and carpet sharks are the common names for the members of the Hemiscylliidae family. The family members are distinguished by having a lizard like shape body, two similarly shaped dorsal fins, long precaudal tail.

Members of the Hemiscylliidae are found in the tropical inshore waters of the Indian and western Pacific waters. There are 2 genera and 7 species worldwide. They are slow-swimming bottom-dwellers, confined to continental waters and continental islands. They feed on invertebrates and small fishes. These sharks are harmless to people.


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Scientific Name: Chiloscyllium indicum  (Gmelin, 1789)
English Name: Slender Bambooshark
Mandarin Name: 狗母鲨 (Gǒu mǔ shā)
Local Malay Name: Yu Bodoh, Yu Tokeh, Yu Punai, Yu-cicak Tembaga
Local Hokkien: Kau Bo Sua
Remarks: Previously misidentified as Hemiscyllium Freycineti






Scientific Name: Chiloscyllium plagiosum  (Anonymous [Bennett], 1830)
English Name: Whitespotted Bambooshark
Mandarin Name: 狗母鲨 (Gǒu mǔ shā)
Local Malay Name: Yu Bodoh, Yu Tokeh, Yu Punai, Yu-cicak bintik putih
Local Hokkien: Kau Bo Sua






Scientific Name: Chiloscyllium punctatum  Müller & Henle, 1838
English Name: Brownbanded Bambooshark
Mandarin Name: 狗母鲨 (Gǒu mǔ shā)
Local Malay Name: Yu Bodoh, Yu Tokeh, Yu Punai, Yu-cicak Insang Putih
Local Hokkien: Kau Bo Sua