Necklace Carpetshark

About the Necklace Carpetshark

Necklace Carpetsharks prefer tropical waters down to 180 m deep. They are endemic to southern Australia and occur in a variety of habitats such as sandy bottoms, rocky reefs, beds of kelp and seagrass beds.

Biology and Behaviour:

The Necklace carpetshark can grow to a maximum of 91 cm long.  

Their body colour differs from grey to brown with a broad black collar — which is how they get their names — with white spots along its body. They have small spiracles and nostrils with short barbels that are used for sensory purposes.

Reproduction and Lifespan:

Necklace Carpetsharks are oviparous. Little else is known of its biology. 

Conservation and Tourism:

Necklace Carpetsharks are not targeted by fisheries, and even if caught as bycatch they would be discarded. Therefore this species is listed by the IUCN as least concern. 

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Scientific NameParascyllium variolatum
OrderCarpet Sharks - Orectolobiformes
CitesNot Listed
IUCNLeast Concern
Litter Sizeunknown
SpeciesParascyllium variolatum
Common Length91 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range0-180 m
DistributionEastern Indian Ocean