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 Tasmanian carpetshark (Parascyllium multimaculatum)

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 Photo

Tasmanian carpetshark
No image of Tasmanian carpetshark found in the Shark Database
 Range Map

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 Systematics

Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

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


 Name

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


 Appearance

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.

 Coloration

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

 Distribution

Western Pacific: Tasmania, Australia.

 Biology

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

 Feeding

Unknown, probably molluscs.

 Size

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

 Reproduction

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.

 Endangerment

Status in the IUCN Red List:


No Entry found in Red List.


 Danger to Humans

Harmless.



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