Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Chondrichthyes Orectolobiformes Parascylliidae

Scientific Name: Parascyllium variolatum
Species Authority: (Duméril, 1853)
Common Name(s):
English Varied Carpetshark, Southern Collared Catshark, Necklace Carpetshark
Taxonomic Notes: Synonym = Parascyllium nuchalis.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2003
Date Assessed: 2003-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Heupel, M.R. (SSG Australia & Oceania Regional Workshop, March 2003)
Reviewer(s): Shark Specialist Group Australia & Oceania Regional Group (Shark Red List Authority)
Parascyllium variolatum is a southern Australia endemic with a reasonably wide geographic and bathymetric distribution. Although little is known of this species, it is not targeted by fisheries. Due to its size and depth range, it is unlikely to be largely impacted as a bycatch species in the trawl and gillnet fisheries this area.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This population is restricted to the southern coast of Australia.
Countries occurrence:
Australia (South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – eastern
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Population [top]

Population: Little is known about the population size in this range and no scientific data are currently available.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species resides in temperate waters along the continental shelf in depths to 180 m. P. variolatum reaches a maximum size of 90 cm and is oviparous. It has been collected in a variety of benthic habitats including sandy, rocky and grassy regions. P. variolatum is nocturnal and is commonly found under rocks during daylight hours. Little else is known about the biology of this species.
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Due to the size and depth range of this species it is not commonly collected as bycatch in the trawl and gillnet fisheries.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are currently no conservation measures in place for this species.

Citation: Heupel, M.R. (SSG Australia & Oceania Regional Workshop, March 2003). 2003. Parascyllium variolatum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2003: e.T41844A10578509. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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