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 Bluegray carpetshark (Heteroscyllium colcloughi)

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Bluegray carpetshark
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

Class: Carlilagenous Fishes (Chondrichthyes)
  Order: Carpetsharks (Orectolobiformes)
    Family: Blind sharks (Brachaeluridae)
      Genus: Heteroscyllium (Heteroscyllium)


Scientific: Heteroscyllium colcloughi
German: Blaugrauer Blindhai
English: Bluegray carpetshark
French: Requin aveugle gris-bleu
Spanish: Tiburón ciego gris


"Nurse shark"-like appearance with well developed barbels. Spiracles present. Mouth ahead of eyes. Origin of first dorsal fin over the pelvic fin bases. First dorsal fin is bigger than second one. Short precaudal tail with a moderately long caudal fin.


Grey, with a white ventral surface and dark saddles. Saddles seem to fade with age.


Western Pacific: Australia (Queensland).


A little-known, bottom-living species found over the continental shelf in inshore waters.




Average size around 40 cm to 50 cm, maximum total length about 60 cm.


Probably aplacental viviparous (ovoviviparous).

 Similar Species

Some species with similar appearance exist and taxonomic features have to be used to clearly distinguish among them.


Status in the IUCN Red List(1994):

Main criterion: > VU (Vulnerable)
Sub criterion: C2b
Trend: Unknown

 Danger to Humans


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