Cirrhoscyllium expolitum Smith & Radcliffe, 1913
Barbelthroat carpetshark
photo by FAO

Family:  Parascylliidae (Collared carpet sharks)
Max. size:  34 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 180 - 190 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: South China Sea off China to the Philippines (Luzon). Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam and Japan (off the Tanegashima Islands).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 0-0. Genus: pair of barbels on throat; color pattern of dark saddles, no light or dark spots (Ref. 43278). Species: Six or possibly ten diffuse saddle marks on dorsal surface, saddles above abdomen rounded and continuing above pelvic-fin bases, not C-shaped, head length three times first dorsal-fin base (Ref. 43278). Gill region without collar marking (Ref. 13572).
Biology:  Found on the continental shelf, offshore on or near the bottom (Ref. 247). Food habits unknown (Ref. 13572). Oviparous (Ref. 43278, 50449). Interest to fisheries unknown (Ref. 13572). Probably taken as discarded by-catch of offshore trawl fisheries in the area (Ref. 43278).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 06 May 2020 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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