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 Necklace carpetshark (Parascyllium variolatum)

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 Photo

Necklace carpetshark
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 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 variolatum
German: Halsband-Teppichhai
English: Necklace carpetshark, Varied catshark
French: Requin carpette a collier
Spanish: Alfombrera colarina


 Appearance

Long body, with a relatively short, thick and broadly rounded snout. Narrow head, with slitlike eyes. No barbles on throat. Two equal-sized dorsal fins. Origin of first dorsal fin well behind the free rear ends of the pelvic fins. Origin of anal fin well ahead of the origin of second dorsal fin.

 Coloration

Blackish-brown with black blotches irregularily scattered over all fins, mixed with dark and white blotches over the entire body. Very conspicuous collar marking in gill area which is densely spotted with white like a necklace of pearls.

 Distribution

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

 Biology

A bottom-living shark of the continental shelf. Down to a depth of 165 m. A little-known species.

 Feeding

Feeds most likely on invertebrates.

 Size

Maximum size at least 90 cm.

 Reproduction

Probably oviparous (egg laying).

 Similar Species

Color pattern unmistakable.

 Endangerment

Status in the IUCN Red List:


No Entry found in Red List.


 Danger to Humans

Harmless.



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