Ginger Carpetshark, Parascyllium sparsimaculatum Goto & Last 2002

Other Names: Ginger Carpet Shark

A Ginger Carpetshark, Parascyllium sparsimaculatum. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A rare yellowish-brown catshark with few relatively large, diffuse-edged, rusty-brown spots, and a faint collar-like saddle over the gill region.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Parascyllium sparsimaculatum in Fishes of Australia, accessed 28 Mar 2023,

Ginger Carpetshark, Parascyllium sparsimaculatum Goto & Last 2002

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Endemic to south-western Western Australika, from off Fremantle to Cape Leeuwin.


 Head relatively large (length greater than 16% of TL); eye large (horizontal diameter of eye greater than 11% of HL); pectoral fin large (anterior margin more than 10% of TL); dorsal fins relatively tall, erect with angular apices; teeth in 43–49 rows on upper jaw.


The specific name sparsimaculatum is from Latin (= sparse spots) in reference to the colour pattern with relatively fewer and larger spots on the body than other species in the genus Parascyllium.

Species Citation

Parascyllium sparsimaculatum Goto & Last 2002, Ichthyol. Res. 49: 15, figs 1, 2. Type locality: off Cape Leeuwin, WA [34°56´S, 114°59´E]. 


Bray, D.J. 2018


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Ginger Carpetshark, Parascyllium sparsimaculatum Goto & Last 2002


Compagno, L.J.V. 2001. Sharks of the World. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of shark species known to date. Bullhead, mackerel and carpet sharks (Heterodontiformes, Lamniformes and Orectolobiformes). Rome : FAO, FAO Species Catalogue for Fisheries Purposes No. 1 Vol. 2 269 pp. (as Parascyllium sp. A)

Compagno, L.J.V., Dando, M. & Fowler, S. 2005. A Field Guide to the Sharks of the World. London : Collins 368 pp. 

Goto, T. & Last, P.R. 2002. A new parascylliid species, Parascyllium sparsimaculatum, from Western Australia (Elasmobranchii: Orectolobiformes). Ichthyological Research 49: 15-20 PDF available, open access

Heupel, M.R. 2015. Parascyllium sparsimaculatum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T41843A68640026. Downloaded on 16 January 2018.

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 1994. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Canberra : CSIRO Australia 513 pp. 84 pls. (as Parascyllium sp. A)

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 2008. Parascyllium elongatum sp. nov, a new collared carpetshark (Orectolobiformes: Parascylliidae) from southwestern Australia. pp. 35-38 in Last, P.R., White, W.T. & Pogonoski, J.J. (eds). Descriptions of new Australian chondrichthyans. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper No. 022: 1-358.

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Collingwood : CSIRO Publishing Australia 2, 550 pp.

Weigmann, S. 2016. Annotated checklist of the living sharks, batoids and chimaeras (Chondrichthyes) of the world, with a focus on biogeographical diversity. Journal of Fish Biology 88(3): 837-1037 See ref online Open access

White, W. 2008. Shark Families Heterodontidae to Pristiophoridae. pp. 32-100 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.

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CAAB Code:37013018

Conservation:IUCN Data Deficient

Depth:205-245 m

Max Size:78 cm TL


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