Parascyllium collare Ramsay & Ogilby, 1888
Collar carpetshark
Parascyllium collare
photo by FAO

Family:  Parascylliidae (Collared carpet sharks)
Max. size:  85 cm TL (male/unsexed); 87 cm TL (female)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 20 - 230 m
Distribution:  Southwest Pacific: endemic to Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0-0; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 0-0. Gill region with a prominent dark brownish collar (Ref. 13572). Caudal fin with its upper lobe not elevated above the body axis, with a strong terminal lobe and subterminal notch but no ventral lobe (Ref. 13572).
Biology:  A common but little-known shark found on the continental shelf, on or near rocky reefs or on firm bottom. Oviparous (Ref. 247, 43278). Probably of minor interest to fisheries (Ref. 13572).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 18 February 2015 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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