Spotted Wobbegong Shark
The spotted wobbegong, Orectolobus maculatus, is a carpet shark in the family Orectolobidae, found in the eastern Indian Ocean from Western Australia to southern Queensland, between latitudes 20° S to 40° S. It reaches a length of 3.2 m.
The spotted wobbegong's caudal fin
has its upper lobe hardly elevated above the body axis, with a strong
terminal lobe and subterminal notch but no ventral lobe. It is found on
the continental shelf,
from the intertidal down to at least 110 m, and commonly on coral and
rocky reefs, under piers, and on sand bottoms. It may occur in water
barely deep enough to cover the fish, and has been observed climbing
ridges between tide pools with its back out of water. It is nocturnal,
and feeds on bottom invertebrates
and bony fishes. It has been known to bite people who step on it or put
their feet near its mouth, and can and will bite when molested and
provoked. Its flesh is highly regarded and sometimes utilized for human
consumption, and its skin is sometimes utilized for leather. It is
regarded as a pest by lobster fishers.
Reproduction is ovoviviparous with up to 37 pups in a litter.
Coloration is dark back, with light O-shaped markings obscuring darker saddles.
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