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 Spotted Wobbegong (Orectolobus maculatus)

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Spotted Wobbegong
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 Range Map

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 Systematics

Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

Class: Carlilagenous Fishes (Chondrichthyes)
  Order: Carpetsharks (Orectolobiformes)
    Family: Wobbegongs (Orectolobidae)
      Genus: Orectolobus (Orectolobus)


 Name

Scientific: Orectolobus maculatus
German: Gepunkteter Teppichhai
English: Spotted Wobbegong
French: Requin-tapis tachete
Spanish: Tapicero manchado


 Appearance

"Nurse shark"-like appearance but with basally branched nasal barbels and dermal lobes on the sides of its head. Flattened body. Origin of first dorsal fin behind midbases of pelvic fins, height of the first dorsal fin about equal to base length. Mouth in front of eyes.

 Coloration

Variegated color pattern. Beige-greenish with dark saddles with corrugated margins and light spots.

 Distribution

Western Pacific: Australia.

 Biology

A common species of inshore waters, down to a depth of 110 m. Prefers corals, stony or sandy bottoms. Normally resting on bottom, waiting for prey.

 Feeding

Feeds on invertebrates, such as crabs and octopi, and on small fishes. This species possesses enlarged fang-like teeth in the upper jaw.

 Size

Average size between 150 cm and 180 cm. Maximum total length about 320 cm.

 Reproduction

Aplacental viviparous (ovoviviparous). Size at birth about 20 cm. Males reach sexual maturity at about 60 cm.

 Similar Species

Similar to other wobbegongs. However, coloration patterns make it distinguishable from the others.

 Endangerment

Status in the IUCN Red List(Version 2001):

Main criterion: > NT (Near Threatened)
Sub criterion:
Trend: Declining


 Danger to Humans

Harmless. Accidents have happened, due to its camouflaged color.



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