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Rusty Carpet Shark

Threat Level:  low

 

 

 

  • RUSTY CARPET SHARK

Scientific name..............Parascyllium Ferrugineum

Family name..................Orectolobiformes

 

  • GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Rusty Carpet Shark differs from other carpet sharks in its color pattern. It lacks the pitch black collar with the dense white spots. Instead it has a hazy or indistinct collar patch matched by 5 or 6 hazy 'saddles' or broad bands down its body. It has brown instead of white spots on the body and fins with a base color of gray-brown fading into a pale belly.

Mouth in front of eyes, nasal barbels, nasoral and circumnarial grooves. First dorsal fin origin behind pelvic fin bases, anal fin origin in front of second dorsal origin.

 

  • SIZE

Mature males measure at 23.8 inches, females mature at 29.6 , maximum length 31.5 inches.

 

  • COLOR

Rusty carpet sharks are gray-brown, with indistinct dark collar around gills with dark spots on body, tail and fins. Tasmanian specimens more heavily spotted.

 

  • FEEDING HABITS

Feeds on bottom-dwelling crustaceans and molluscs.

 

  • BEHAVIOUR

They are nocturnal, and like to hide in rocky caves and ledges by day.

 

  • HABITAT

Occur in Southern Australia. Found on or near bottom near rocks, river mouths, in algae on reefs or in seagrass in depths from 16.4 feet to 495 feet.

 

  • REPRODUCTION

They are oviparious, laying yellow eggcases with long tendrils laid in summer.

 

  • SHARK ATTACKS

Like all carpet sharks they are harmless but react violently when handled.

 

  • POPULATION REPORT

Not uncommon, not targeted by fisheries, rare in bycatch.

 

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