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Rusty Carpet Shark
Threat Level: low
Scientific name..............Parascyllium Ferrugineum
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.
Mature males measure at 23.8 inches, females mature at 29.6 , maximum length 31.5 inches.
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.
Feeds on bottom-dwelling crustaceans and molluscs.
They are nocturnal, and like to hide in rocky caves and ledges by day.
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.
They are oviparious, laying yellow eggcases with long tendrils laid in summer.
Like all carpet sharks they are harmless but react violently when handled.
Not uncommon, not targeted by fisheries, rare in bycatch.
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