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 Rusty carpetshark (Parascyllium ferrugineum)

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Rusty carpetshark
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

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


Scientific: Parascyllium ferrugineum
German: Rostfarbener Teppichhai
English: Rusty carpetshark, Rusty catshark
French: Requin carpette roux
Spanish: Alfombrera mohosa


Long body. Snout relatively short, thick and broadly rounded. Narrow head, with slitlike eyes. No barbles on throat. Two equal-sized dorsal fins. Origin of first dorsal fin over the end of the free rear ends of the pelvic fins. Origin of the second dorsal fin over the insertion of the anal fin.


Grey-brown, with six dusky saddles on trunk, peduncle, and tail. An inconspicuous collar marking in the gill area formed of three to four dark spots. Large dark brown spots scattered over entire body.


Western South Pacific: Australia (Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania).


Common, over the continental shelf, on or near the bottom between about 35 and 55 m. Its biology is little known.


Feeds most likely on invertebrates.


Maximum size at least 75 cm.


Most likely oviparous (egg laying). Hatching size about 17 cm.

 Similar Species

The color pattern of this species is very distinctive.


Status in the IUCN Red List:

No Entry found in Red List.

 Danger to Humans


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