The Arabian Carpetsharks, also known, in the Arabian Sea Region, as Arabian Bamboo Sharks, Chiloscyllium arabicum, are small
and elegant sharks that can achieve up to one meter length, and their skin is of a rare golden colour.
From their biology, it is known they birth with aproximately 10 cm lenght, and that they mature between 45 and 55cm. Arabian Bamboo Sharks are oviparous that lay up to four egg-cases on coral reefs, with hatching
after 70 to 80 days. They feed on squid (Loliginidae), shelled molluscs (Gastropoda), crustaceans,
and snake eels (Ophichthidae).
Arabian Bamboo Sharks – occur from 3m to 100m deep. So when diving, we can found them in very shallow waters, from mangrove estuaries, to coral reefs, coral lagoons and rocky shores. Although, to some extend, it is taken as bycatch
mostly in trawls and stake nets; it is usually discarded at sea.
According with the IUCN Red List, this shark
species is assessed as NT (Near Threatened), because they are at risk of losing their coral reef habitats in some parts of the Gulf.
This is why it deserves the creation of specific new Marine Protected Areas in the Persian Gulf. Before it's too late, please!