7 Facts About the Grey Banded Bamboo Shark

  1. This species is commonly mistaken for the Brown Banded Bamboo Shark because they look very similar as a juveniles. The way to tell them apart is by their dorsal fins. The Grey Bamboo Shark has a convex dorsal fin and the Brown Banded Bamboo Shark has a concave dorsal fin.
Grey Bamboo Shark – Image Source: Erica Fischer/Aquapparel.com

2. They are found in the Indo-West Pacific oceans from the Arabian Sea to Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Japan, the Philippines, and Papua New Guinea.

3. The Grey Bamboo Shark is oviparous – which means that it lays eggs. The shark pup develops within the egg case. Once the pup consumes the yolk sack it swims out of the egg case and starts to hunt for food.

4. They start off looking like this:

Juvenile Grey Bamboo Shark – Image Source: Erica Fischer/Aquapparel.com

They look like this as adults:

Adult Grey Bamboo Shark – Image Source: Erica Fischer/Aquapparel.com

5. Their maximum length is ~2.5 feet.

Pictured left: Juvenile Grey Bamboo Shark Pictured right: Adult Grey Bamboo Shark – Image Source: Erica Fischer/Aquapparel.com

6. In the wild they mainly feed on small fish, shrimp, worms, molluscs and crabs

Grey Bamboo Shark – Image Source: Erica Fischer/Aquapparel.com

7. The IUCN Red List has the Grey Bamboo Shark is listed as vulnerable as of May 28th of 2020 with their wild populations in decline with no recovery plan currently in place.

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