Carpet sharks (Orectolobiformes) fish profile and information / pictures of Carpet sharks - Orectolobiformes

Carpet sharks (Orectolobiformes) fish profiles

Carpet shark information and info on the Orectolobiformes also known as Carpet sharks

Carpet sharks are an order, Orectolobiformes, of sharks, so called because many members have ornate patterns reminiscent of carpets.

Carpet sharks have two dorsal fins, without spines, and a small mouth that is forward of the eyes. Many have barbels and small gill slits, with the fifth slit overlapping the fourth. The upper lobe of the caudal fin tends to be mostly in line with the body, while the lower lobe is poorly developed, except in the case of the whale shark. While many in the order are small, the whale shark is the largest living fish on earth.


Families within this order