Rusty Carpet Shark
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
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
Like all carpet sharks they are harmless but react violently when
Not uncommon, not targeted by fisheries, rare in bycatch.