Marbled Bamboo Cat Shark


Fish Type: shark


Scientific Name: Chiloscyllium sp.


Species: Hemiscyllidae

Color: Black, Tan
Aggressiveness: Highly Aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Max Size: 3' 3"
Minimum Tank Size: 300 gallons
Relative Care: Experts Only
Photo Courtesy of Live Aquaria


The Bamboo Shark is also known as a Cat Shark because the barbels at the mouth look like cat whiskers. It is also referred to as the Whitespotted Bamboo Shark, and has a brown-colored body with broad tan stripes and spots.

The Bamboo Shark is a bottom dwelling shark that is common in the home aquarium. It will eat any crustacean in the aquarium. It stays relatively small, but requires at least a 300 gallon or larger aquarium as an adult. It requires sand as the substrate as the abdomen is easily scratched by a coarser substrate, which may lead to an infection. It should never be exposed to copper-based medications.

When first introduced into the aquarium, small pieces of cleaned squid or live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. Then it may be fed shrimp, scallops or pieces of fresh marine fish. Feeding these sharks quality foods such as whole cockle in the shell, fresh shrimp and squid, and frozen mussel are ideal.

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