Orectolobus maculatus

(Bonnaterre, 1788)

Spotted wobbegong
Classification: Elasmobranchii Orectolobiformes Orectolobidae

Reference of the original description
Bonnaterre, J.P. (1788)
Ichthyologie. Tableau encyclopédique et méthodique des trois règnes de la nature. Paris, 215 p., pl. A–B + 1–100.

Image of the original description
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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Acanthias maculatus, Chrossorhinus lobatus, Crossorhinus barbatus, Crossorrhinus barbatus, Orectolobus barbatus, Squalus appendiculatus, Squalus barbatus, Squalus lobatus, Squalus maculatus, Squalus wattsii, Stegostoma maculatus

Orectolobus maculatus
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Squalus appendiculatus
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Squalus barbatus
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Squalus lobatus
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Squalus wattsii
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Description :

Citation: Orectolobus maculatus (Bonnaterre, 1788): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 03/2024

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Common names
deu \(T\) Wobbegong, spa Tapicero manchado, fra \(T\) Requin-tapis tacheté, eng Carpet shark, eng Common carpet shark, eng Common catshark, eng Spotted wobbegong, eng Tassel shark, eng Wobbegong

Short Description
Back dark, with light O-shaped markings obscuring darker saddles [544]. Caudal fin with its upper lobe hardly elevated above the body axis, with a strong terminal lobe and subterminal notch but no ventral lobe [544].

Eastern Indian Ocean: southern Australia, from Western Australia to southern Queensland. Records from Japan and the South China Sea need to be confirmed. Source: www.gbif.org

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; price category: not marketed/unknown; price reliability:

Ovoviviparous, embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. One female had 37. Size at birth about 21 cm. Some anecdotal accounts regarding courtship are given. It is said that males in captivity fight vigorously among themselves while courting females. In the process, females are bitten by males in the gill region and one clasper is inserted. In the wild, the males are attracted to the females by some chemical pheromones possibly released by the latter during the breeding season. Found on the continental shelf (Ref. 75154).

Size / Weight / Age
320 cm TL (male/unsexed; [518])

reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 110 m [518], usually 0 - ? m (Ref. 55261)

shark-references Species-ID=4354;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Kudoa hemiscylli Gleeson, Bennett & Adlard, 2010 [21484]

  • Aliascaris aetoplatea Luo, 2001 [21235]
  • Euterranova ginglymostomae (Olsen, 1952) [17029]