Orectolobus maculatus Bonnaterre 1788
spotted wobbegong
Orectolobus maculatus, spotted wobbegong

family Orectolobidae

The Spotted Wobbegong, Orectolobus maculatus, is easily distinguished from the other two species by its patterns. They have white spots in ring formations. They also have a distinctive brown triangle between their eyes.Orectolobus maculatus has 6-10 branched dermal lobes. Most Spotted Wobbegongs have an overall mid-tone. Occasionally “blond” ones are seen, these are not albinos, in that they have the normal patterns. Wobbegongs and Blind Sharks can change their colours to blend more easily with the substrate.

Distribution =   Southern Australia
Max size =   3.2m
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