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Author: Ramsay and Ogilby, 1888

Field Marks:
Prominent dark, unspotted collar around the gills, dusky saddles and sparse, large dark spots on body, tail and fins, nasal barbels, nasoral and circumnarial grooves present, mouth in front of eyes, two equalsized, spineless dorsal fins and an anal fin, the first dorsal origin behind the pelvic bases, the anal fin origin well in front of the second dorsal origin.

Diagnostic Features:
Colour light yellowish to reddish brown with six to eight dusky saddles on trunk, tail and caudal fin, a prominent dark, unspotted collar marking around gill region, sparse, scattered, large dark brown spots on sides and fins, except for pectoral fins, no more than two or three irregular rows of spots on sides.

Geographical Distribution:
Western South Pacific: Australia (Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales).

Habitat and Biology:
A common but little-known temperate shark of the Australian continental shelf, common on or near rock reefs and on firm bottom at depths from 18 to 156 m, commonest at about 55 to 128 m. Oviparous.

Size:
Maximum total length about 87 cm, adult males from 80 to 85 cm long; adult females from 85 to 87 cm.

Interest to Fisheries:
Probably none or limited, although commonly taken by bottom trawlers and sometimes with line gear.

Type material:
Holotype: Australian Museum, Sydney. Type Locality: Off Port Jackson, New South Wales, Australia.

Collared carpetshark (Parascyllium collare)