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.