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Author: Scott, 1935

Field Marks:
Inconspicuous dusky collar around the gills, with or without dark spots, dusky saddles on back and tail, and a dense pattern of small to large dark spots on body, tail and fins, nasal barbels, nasoral and circumnarial grooves present, mouth in front of eyes, two equal sized, 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 greyish with six or seven duskysaddles on trunk, tail and caudal fin; an indistinct dark, collar marking around gill region, with or without a few large dark spots; numerous small to large dark brown spots on sides and fins, five or six irregular rows of spots on sides.

Geographical Distribution:
Western South Pacific: Tasmania, Australia.

Habitat and Biology:
A little known temperate-water bottom shark of the Tasmanian insular shelf, found near rocks and river mouths close inshore.

Size:
Maximum total length reported 75 cm, adults males 71 to 75 cm; adolescent female 74 cm.

Interest to Fisheries:
None at present.

Type material:
Holotype: Adult male 710 mm. Type Locality: Tamar Heads, Devon Dorset, Tasmania, Australia.

Tasmanian carpetshark (Parascyllium multimaculatum)