Collared Carpetshark

The collared carpetshark is a species of carpetshark living in the eastern part of Australia. It gets its name from the dark coloration around its gills, which makes it look like the shark is wearing a collar.

Collared Carpetshark Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Orectolobiformes
Family Parascylliidae
Genus Parascyllium
Scientific Name P. collare


Male collared carpetsharks measure between 2.6 and 2.8 feet, while females do so between 2.8 and 2.9 feet. The shark has a long and slender body. Its mouth is in front of the shark’s eyes, which have spiracles on them. Inside the mouth, one can observe a series of long, pointed teeth in the lower jaw.

The color of this shark ranges from light yellowish to reddish-brown. It has a distinct dark collar over the gills and five dusky saddles on its back. There are dark spots all over the shark’s body, fins, and tail, with only there being no spots on the pectoral fins.

Where do they live

Map Of The Collared Carpetshark’s Habitat

Collared carpetshark Habitat Map

Collared carpetsharks are endemic to east Australia between 26°S and 38°S, with sightings in New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania. It seems to prefer rocky reefs and hard-bottomed trawl grounds in temperate waters.

The depth range of the collared carpetshark is between 66 and 755 ft.



Their diet consists of bottom dwelling animals like crustaceans and mollusks.


While little is known about this shark’s reproduction, it is oviparous and lays eggs inside large, flat cases.

Interactions with humans

The IUCN lists the collared carpetshark as “Least Concern” or “LC”.

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