Shark Family Tree

Elongate Carpetshark (Parascyllium elongatum)

The Elongate Carpetshark is one of the shark world’s most mysterious discoveries. Found in the belly of School Shark, the unusually long and slender spotted carpetshark had never been seen before, and hasn’t been seen again since. Luckily enough, the specimen was nearly whole in the stomach of the other shark, providing researchers with enough information to formally describe the new species. However, shark sciences had to make a lot of guesses to fill blanks based on similar Parascyllium species.

P elongatum art 2 2Distribution: Western Australia (south of Cape Leeuwin)
Biology: unknown
Status: IUCN Red List:Data Deficient, Rare.

*Brought to you by Sharks of the World, 2014.

Other sources: LAST, P.R. & STEVENS, J.D. (2008)
Parascyllium elongatum sp. nov., a new collared carpetshark (Orectolobiformes: Parascylliidae) from southwestern Australia. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper, 22: 35-38

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