Ichthyological Research

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 15–20 | Cite as

A new parascylliid species, Parascyllium sparsimaculatum, from Western Australia (Elasmobranchii: Orectolobiformes)

  • Tomoaki Goto
  • Peter R. Last


Parascyllium sparsimaculatum sp. nov. is described using external and skeletal morphologies on the basis of three female specimens collected from the continental slope off Western Australia. This new species is clearly distinguished from four congeners by having a relatively large head (length greater than 16% of TL); a large eye (horizontal diameter of eye greater than 11% of HL); a large pectoral fin (anterior margin more than 10% of TL); relatively tall, erect dorsal fins with angular apices; 43–49 tooth rows on upper jaw; a yellowish-brown body with large, diffuse-edged, rusty-brown spots; and an extremely faint, collar-like saddle over the gill region. A key to species is provided.

Key wordsParascyllium sparsimaculatum Parascylliidae Western Australia New species Skeletal anatomy 


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© The Ichthyological Society of Japan 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tomoaki Goto
    • 1
  • Peter R. Last
    • 2
  1. 1. Iwate Fisheries Technology Center, 3-75-3 Heita, Kamaishi, Iwate 026-0001, Japan (e-mail:
  2. 2. Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organization, Division of Marine Research, Castray Esplanade, Hobart 7001, Australia (e-mail:

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