Black Banded Cat Shark (Chiloscyllium punctatum)
Black Banded Cat Shark
681 Litres (180 US G.)
101.6-121.9cm (40-48 ")
8.1 - 8.4
22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)
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- Cat Shark, Banded Cat Shark, Brownbanded Bambooshark, Black Banded Bamboo Shark, Grey Carpetshark
Additional scientific names
- Hemiscyllium punctatum, Chiloscyllium margaritiferum
Sexing[edit | edit source]
- Males have claspers near the pelvic fins. Females have a clocoa. They can be sexed immidiately after hatching, it is difficult (but not impossible) to sex them while they are in the egg.
Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]
- Best in a very large species tank and will eat any inverts. It may act aggressively towards other fish if provoked. It will eat any fish that can fit in its mouth.
Diet[edit | edit source]
- A carnivorous fish that will eat a variety of chopped crustaceans, fish pieces, shrimp, shellfish and squid.
Feeding regime[edit | edit source]
Feed once a day, or every other day.
Environment specifics[edit | edit source]
- They need a spacious tank with a large footprint in which to swim with hiding places provided. It requires a sandy substrate in which it may bury itself, however it should not be too coarse as its sensitive belly can scratch on the substrate and become infected. A salinity of 1.020 - 1.025 is required and they are very sensitive to water quality issues and copper-based medicines also.
Behaviour[edit | edit source]
- An active and curious bottom-dwelling fish that can be startled easily and may spend a large amount of time hidden.
Identification[edit | edit source]
- A very elongated shark species with distinctive dark brown banding across the body. It loses this banding to become a pale brown-silver as it matures.
Pictures[edit | edit source]
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- Fishbase (Mirrors: )