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Holotype of <I>Parascyllium ferrugineum</I>

Holotype of Parascyllium ferrugineum


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Australian Cat Sharks, Australian Catsharks, Collar Carpetsharks

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Douglass F. Hoese & Dianne J. Bray


The Parascylliidae comprise two genera and eight species (Compagno 2001; Compagno et al. 2005). One genus, Parascyllium, and five species are known only from Australia. Members of the other genus, Cirrhoscyllium, are from the north-west Pacific (Goto & Nakaya 1996). Parascylliids are known from inshore and continental shelf soft bottom habitats, extending to 435 m. Maximum size is around 91 cm. Last & Stevens (1994, 2009) treat the Australian species.

Compagno (1973, 1984, 2001) divided the traditionally recognised Orectolobidae into six families (Brachaeluridae, Ginglymostomatidae, Hemiscylliidae, Orectolobidae, Parascylliidae and Stegostomatidae). Those works and Nelson (1994) are followed here.


General References

Compagno, L.J.V. 1973. Interrelationships of living elasmobranchs. Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Zoology 53(suppl. 1): 15-61 pls 1-2

Compagno, L.J.V. 1984. FAO Species Catalogue. Sharks of the World. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of shark species known to date. Hexanchiformes to Lamniformes. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125. Rome : FAO Vol. 4(1) pp. 1-249.

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.

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

Goto, T. & Nakaya, K. 1996. Revision of the genus Cirrhoscyllium, with designation of a neotype for C. japonicum (Elasmobranchii, Parascylliidae). Ichthyological Research 43(3): 199-209

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 1994. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Canberra : CSIRO Australia 513 pp. 84 pls. [117]

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Collingwood : CSIRO Publishing Australia 2, 550 pp. [122]

McCulloch, A.R. 1911. Report on the fishes obtained by the F.I.S. Endeavour on the coasts of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Part 1. Zoological (Biological) Results. Endeavour 1(1): 1-87 figs 1-20 pls 1-16 [pl. 2, fig. 2]

Nelson, J.S. 1994. Fishes of the World. New York : John Wiley & Sons 600 pp.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
16-Apr-2012 16-Apr-2012 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)