Parascyllium ferrugineum

Rusty catshark
Parascyllium ferrugineum
Parascyllium ferrugineum, Bass Strait, TAS, Photo: Graham Edgar
Parascyllium ferrugineum
Parascyllium ferrugineum, Port Davey, TAS, Photo: Lizzi Oh
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Parascyllium ferrugineum
Parascyllium ferrugineum


Temperate Australasia


Elongate species of shark with a grey-brown background colour and numerous regularly spaced dark brown dots on the body and fins. The species is rarely seen by divers or fishermen except in cooler Tasmanian waters.


Max Size: 80 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 12.5-22.7°C

Depth: 5-150m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Infrequent (4.6% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney