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 Tasmanian carpetshark (Parascyllium multimaculatum)

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Tasmanian carpetshark
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

Class: Carlilagenous Fishes (Chondrichthyes)
  Order: Carpetsharks (Orectolobiformes)
    Family: Collared carpetsharks (Parascyllidae)
      Genus: Parascyllium (Parascyllium)


Scientific: Parascyllium multimaculatum
German: Tasmanischer Teppichhai
English: Tasmanian carpetshark, Tasmanian catshark
French: Requin carpette tachete
Spanish: Alfombrera tasmanica


Slender body with cat-like eyes with subocular pockets. Mouth in front of the eyes. Nasal barbels present. Origin of first dorsal fin behind the bases of the pelvic fins. Origin of anal fin in front of second dorsal fin origin.


Greyish-light brown, six or seven dusky saddles on back and tail, pattern of scattered dark spots on body, tail and fins.


Western Pacific: Tasmania, Australia.


A little-known species on the insular shelf, near rocks and river mouths.


Unknown, probably molluscs.


Total maximum length about 80 cm, average size between 50 cm and 70 cm.


Oviparous (egg laying). Sexual maturity reached at 70 cm.

 Similar Species

Similar species exist and taxonomic features have to be used to clearly distinguish between the species.


Status in the IUCN Red List:

No Entry found in Red List.

 Danger to Humans


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