The Cat Shark is in the same genus,Chiloscyllium, as the Brownbanded Bamboo Shark, but it gets much larger. While the Brownbanded Bamboo Shark will grow to only 40 inches (104 cm), the Cat Shark will reach a whooping 87 inches (220 cm)! One good sized fish! Obviously too large for many marine aquariums!
We acquired this shark from someone who could not keep it anymore so they gave it to us when it was about 2 feet long. Still very small for a Cat Shark!
We kept it in a 400 gallon display pond with several other sharks and large groupers. You can see the Horned Shark just below the Cat Shark. You can also see why they call it a ‘cat’ shark since its barbels look like cat whiskers.
- For more information on keeping marine fish see: Guide to a Happy, Healthy Marine Aquarium
Habitat: Natural geographic location
The medial edges of the male’s pelvic fins are modified to form claspers. The claspers are tubelike organs designed to deliver sperm into the female’s reproductive tract. As the males grow older the claspers become more pronounced. The females do not have these.
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Water Movement: Weak, Moderate, Strong
Water Region: Top, Middle, Bottom
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