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 Cobbler wobbegong (Sutorectus tentaculatus)

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Cobbler wobbegong
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

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


Scientific: Sutorectus tentaculatus
German: Warzen-Teppichhai
English: Cobbler wobbegong
French: Requin-tapis cordonnier
Spanish: Tapicero zapatudo


"Nurse shark"-like appearance with large, conspicuous dermal tubercles, resembling warts. Small dermal lobes on the sides and front of the head. Mouth ahead of eyes. Two low dorsal fins. Origin of the first dorsal fin in front of the pelvic midbases. Pectoral and pelvic fins are small. Origin of anal fin behind the free end of the second dorsal fin. Large spiracles present.


Dorsal surface with a color pattern of jagged-edged broad dark saddles and scattered dark spots on light background.


Western Pacific: Australia (southern and western Australia).


Little known but common in its range. Prefers rocky bottoms and coral reefs.


Bottom living invertebrates and fishes. This species possesses two rows of enlarged fanglike teeth in its upper jaw and 3 rows in its lower jaw.


Average size about 70 cm to 90 cm. Maximum total length probably around 100 cm.


Aplacental viviparous (ovoviviparous). Size at birth about 22 cm. Males reach sexual maturity at approximately 65 cm.

 Similar Species

Similar to other wobbegongs but color patters and dermal lobes are good features to distinguish this species from others.


Status in the IUCN Red List:

No Entry found in Red List.

 Danger to Humans


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