tasselled wobbegong

Wobbegong Shark

Eucrossorhinus dasypogon

The wobbegong has a wide, flat body that sports a series of dark lines and splotches against a pale background. This pattern helps it disappear amid 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 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.

Did You Know?

It has huge jaws that are nearly impossible to escape from.

Diet

It eats bottom-dwelling fishes and sometimes invertebrates.

Size

A typical maximum size is 4 feet.

Range

Indo Pacific Ocean off Indonesia, northern Australia, Queensland

Population Status

IUCN Near Threatened

Predators

Larger fish, sharks, marine mammals

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