The tasselled wobbegong has a wide, flat body that sports a series of darker lines and splotches against a paler background. This pattern helps it disappear against the ocean floor. It has a series of highly branched dermal lobes and nasal barbells surrounding its mouth that resemble a fringe pattern.
During the day, the tasselled wobbegong tends to hide under reef ledges. It comes out at night and perches on the reef to hunt. It will lunge up to grab its prey with its large jaw and very sharp teeth.
Females are (aplacental viviparous), which means that they produce eggs that they keep inside their bodies until they hatch. They then give birth to live pups.
Tasselled Wabbegong Facts
It eats bottom-dwelling fishes and sometimes invertebrates.
A typical maximum size is 4 feet.
Indo Pacific Ocean off Indonesia, northern Australia, Queensland
IUCN Near Threatened
Larger fish, sharks, marine mammals
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