The brownbanded bambooshark, Chiloscyllium punctatum, is a bamboo shark in the family Hemiscylliidae found in
the Indo-West Pacific from India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Viet Nam, China, Taiwan, Japan,
Philippines, and northern Australia, between latitudes 34° N and 26° S, to depths of 85 m. Its length is up to
The brownbanded bambooshark has its mouth closer to its eyes than the snout tip. The caudal fin has a pronounced subterminal notch but without a ventral lobe. The dorsal fins are larger than the pelvic fins, with projecting free rear tips. It is a common inshore bottom shark found on coral reefs, often in tide pools. Probably feeds on bottom invertebrates and small fish, and the gills are sometimes infested by larval isopods (Praniza - larva of isopod Gnathia). It is utilized as food.
It has the ability to survive low oxygen conditions and it can survive up to 12 hours out of water.
Coloration of young dark transverse bands and usually a scattering of a few dark spots, bars not prominently edged with black. Adults are light-brown, usually without a color pattern.
Reproduction is oviparous.