grey carpetshark

Scientific name Chiloscyllium punctatum
Descriptor Müller & Henle
Year of description 1838
IUCN category NT
Family Hemiscylliidae
Genus Chiloscyllium
Chiloscyllium punctatum Chiloscyllium punctatum


Chiloscyllium punctatum, commonly known as grey carpetshark, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    120 cm
  • Maximum size
    130 cm
  • Longevity
    20 year
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes
  • Average size
    120 cm
  • Maximum size
    130 cm
  • Longevity
    20 year
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes

How to recognize the grey carpetshark ?

The grey carpetshark measures between 120 and 130 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly gris body. The also has vertical stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The grey carpetshark is a fish solitary naturally found on the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

The grey carpetshark is a territorial animal that does not tolerate any incursions into its living area. It is particularly virulent against other territorial species and it can provoke heated fights. Relationships between conspecifics are also hectic, with each seeking to secure its place.


  • Reproduction

The grey carpetshark is a fish ovipare. This fish protects its eggs from nearby predators.

Risks for humans

  • Venomous

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    25 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 85 m

Biotope presentation

The grey carpetshark is most often found at a depth between 0m and 85m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope

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