Just like when we say it’s a “catshark,” doesn’t mean it’s a shark with a cat head.
But, quick derailing, the brownbanded bamboo shark (Chiloscyllium punctatum) has barbells around its mouth that look like cat whiskers so it’s also called a “catshark.”
Anyways, back on topic:
Not exactly sure why the common name is named after a plant (I see no “rose sharks” or “dandelion sharks” swimming around), but these sharks are secluded to the Indo-Pacific region.
They’re small, only reaching a maximum length of 41 in. Due to their small size, they are popular aquarium animals.
They like to feast upon shrimp, scallops, squid, crustaceans and small fish. Unlike some small sharks, they do not bite off chunks of fish, and due to their small mouths can only eat small animals.
For the IUCN listing, they are “Near Threatened” (NT).
Besides being a hardy aquarium animal, this is as much as we know about them!