Carpetsharks typically have colorful markings and patterns. However, throughout all stages of its life the Arabian carpetshark is almost plain brown, and generally lacks a distinctive color pattern. The edges of the fins are sometimes tinted with orange, and the fins of the juvenile can be decorated with a few light spots. It is sometimes mistaken for the commonly found gray bamboo shark, so understanding its exact range has proved difficult.
Like other bottom-dwelling shark species, the Arabian carpetshark spends most of its time lying on the ocean floor, so it does not require a streamlined body for rapid movement. Instead, its head and body are relatively broad and flat and the snout is fairly thick and rounded.
At Adventure Aquarium, you actually have the chance to TOUCH this species in our Touch-A-Shark exhibit sponsored by Horizon Blue Cross.