Animal Species:Varied Carpetshark, Parascyllium variolatum (Duméril, 1853)
The Varied Carpetshark is an elongate tubular fish that has a broad black band with small white spots around the gill region. The species is endemic to Australia.
Standard Common Name
Necklace Carpet Shark, Ring-necked Catshark, Southern Catshark, Varied Catshark
The Varied Carpetshark is an elongate tubular fish that has small oval eyes, a small inferior mouth and two similar sized dorsal fins. It can be recognised by its distinct colouration. The body is light to dark brown with white spots. There is a broad black band with small white spots around the gill region. The fin margins have brown and white blotches.
The Varied Carpetshark grows to 92 cm in length.
The species is endemic to Australia. It occurs from eastern Victoria, Tasmania, and around the south of the country to south-western Western Australia.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
The species occurs in temperate inshore waters.
- Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
- Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
- Last, P.R. & J.D. Stevens. 1994. Sharks and Rays of Australia. CSIRO. Pp. 513.
- Stevens, J.D. in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 1994. The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. State Print, Adelaide. Pp. 992.
Mark McGrouther , Senior Fellow
Tags fishes, ichthyology, Varied Carpetshark, Parascyllium variolatum, Parascylliidae, Necklace Carpet Shark, Ring-necked Catshark, Southern Catshark, Varied Catshark, elongated, tubular body, small oval eyes, light to dark brown, white spots, broad black band with small white spots around gill, 30 cm - 1 m, adult, marine, endemic to Australia,