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Chiloscyllium burmensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA CHONDRICHTHYES ORECTOLOBIFORMES HEMISCYLLIIDAE

Scientific Name: Chiloscyllium burmensis
Species Authority: Dingerkus & DeFino, 1983
Common Name/s:
English Burmese Bambooshark
French Chabot Birman
Spanish Bamboa Birmana
Taxonomic Notes: Only one specimen (the holotype) is known which is a 57 cm TL adult male. This genus of sharks needs to be revised in the region. Many of the characters used to distinguish the species vary remarkably intraspecifically. Thus more individuals of this species are required to confirm its validity.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2008-12-01
Assessor/s: White, W.T.
Reviewer/s: Stevens, J.D., Valenti, S.V. & Fowler, S.L. (Shark Red List Authority)
Justification:
Only one specimen of Burmese Bambooshark (Chiloscyllium burmensis) is known (an adult male 57 cm total length). This genus of sharks needs to be revised in the region. Many of the characters used to distinguish the species vary remarkably intraspecifically. Thus, more individuals of this species are required to confirm its validity. As such it cannot be assessed beyond Data Deficient at present.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Northeast Indian Ocean: Myanmar (Compagno 2001).
Countries:
Native:
Myanmar (Myanmar (mainland))
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Native:
Indian Ocean – eastern
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Population [top]

Population: Only one known specimen, collected off Rangoon/Yangon (Compagno 2001).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Habitat and biology are virtually unknown. Eats small bony fish. The one known specimen is an adult male measuring 57 cm TL (Compagno 2001).
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Unknown, but presumably utilized in local fisheries (Compagno 2001). Myanmar has a demersal trawl fleet for shrimp and finfish (Flewwelling and Hosch 2006). This species would be vulnerable to this fishery and perhaps others in the area but no data are available. Little information is available on fisheries operating off Myanmar (Flewwelling and Hosch 2006).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None in place.
Citation: White, W.T. 2009. Chiloscyllium burmensis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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