Bluegrey carpetshark - Geteroscyllium colcloughi
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
This is a small, stout shark. It has a pair of long barbels with a posterior hooked flap. Its short mouth is located ahead of its eyes, and it has large spiracles well behind its eyes. The shark has two spineless dorsal fins, the first one larger and originating over the pelvic fin bases.
Greyish above, white below, no light spots. The young have conspicuous black markings on their back, dorsal fins, and caudal fin which fade in adults.
At birth, the shark is 17 to 18 cm in length. Males mature when they are about a length of 1.6 ft [50 cm], and females at about 2.1 ft [65 cm]. They can grow to be over 2.5 ft [75 cm].
They prefer the bottom of the ocean floor in very shallow inshore areas, less than 19.7 ft [6 m].
Reproduction – Aplacentally viviparous with 6-8 pups per litter.
Presumed to be rare.