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 Northern wobbegong (Orectolobus wardi)

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Northern wobbegong
No image of Northern wobbegong found in the Shark Database
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

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


Scientific: Orectolobus wardi
German: Nördlicher Teppichhai
English: Northern wobbegong
French: Requin-tapis savetier
Spanish: Tapicero zapatilla


Very small. Flattened body with dermal, fleshy lobes on sides of head, two below and in front of the each eye. Well developed spiracles behind the eyes. First and second dorsal fin equal-sized. Origin of first dorsal fin near the insertion of pelvic fins (about last fourth of pelvic base). Insertion of second dorsal fin over the origin anal fin. Low caudal fin. Pectoral fin broad at base, with round apices.


Conspicuous color pattern. Dorsal surface with small, rounded and ocellate light-edged saddle marks. Each saddle is separated by wide, dark spaces without spots or reticulated lines.


Western South Pacific: Australia (Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Territory).


Little-known. Common in inshore, continental areas. Bottom living.


Feeds probably on invertebrates and fishes.


Small, probably around 45 cm.


Unknown, but most likely ovoviviparous (aplacental viviparous).

 Similar Species

Coloration, and pattern of saddles unmistakable.


Status in the IUCN Red List:

No Entry found in Red List.

 Danger to Humans


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