Carpet Sharks – Orectolobiformes

Shark Database | Carpet Sharks – Orectolobiformes

Orectolobiformes, also known as carpet sharks, are a diverse of sharks characterized for having two dorsal fins, five gill slits, and relatively short mouths. Several species have barbels and some have intricate carpet-like patterns, which give this order its nickname. Orectolobiformes range in size from just over 30 cm, like some species of @carpet shark, to the whale shark, the largest fish in the ocean, which can be up to 14 m long.

All Sharks In This Order:

Cobbler Wobbegong

Family: Orectolobidae | Genus: Sutorectus | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Least Concern

The Cobbler Wobbegong is a shark from the carpetshark family, most commonly found in Western Australia in temperate, shallow waters of 0-35 metres deep. They can be found in rocky and coral reefs off the inner and continental shelf from… read more.

Collared Carpetshark

Family: Parascylliidae | Genus: Parascyllium | Species: Parascyllium collare | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Least Concern

Collared Carpetsharks are small sharks endemic to the eastern coast of Australia. They typically live between 20 to 230 m underwater near and on rocky reefs. Biology and Behaviour Like their name suggest, collared carpetsharks have a prominent dark-brown collar… read more.

Dwarf Spotted Wobbegong

Family: Orectolobidae | Genus: Orectolobus | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Least Concern

The Dwarf Spotted Wobbegong is a species of carpet sharks member of the family Orectolobidae, found off south-western Australia. This species reaches a maximum size of 88.5 cm TL in males and 94.3 cm TL in females. Little is known… read more.

Elongate Carpetshark

Family: Parascylliidae | Genus: Parascyllium | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Data Deficient

The elongate carpetshark is a species of carpetshark that may be endemic to southwestern Australia. Their actual distribution is unknown. This species is known from a single specimen that was found inside the stomach of a school shark, caught at… read more.

Epaulette Shark

Epaulette Shark

Family: Hemiscylliidae | Genus: Hemiscyllium | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Least Concern

The Epaulette shark is a shallow water, reef-associated, tropical shark occurring in the Western Pacific, in areas like New Guinea and northern Australia. The Great Barrier Reef has a large population of the Epaulette Shark, with part of the population… read more.

Floral Banded Wobbegong

Family: Orectolobidae | Genus: Orectolobus | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Least Concern

The Floral Banded Wobbegong is a species of carpet shark member of the family Orectolobidae, found in the Indian Ocean off South Western Australia. Little is known about this species biology. Males can reach a maximum size between 72.5 to… read more.

Ginger Carpetshark

Family: Parascylliidae | Genus: Parascyllium | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Data Deficient

The ginger carpetshark is a shark species endemic to the waters off the coast of Western Australia. They’re known from only three specimens, so very little is known about their biology. The largest specimen was 78 cm long. They live… read more.

Grey Bamboo Shark

Family: Hemiscylliidae | Genus: Chiloscyllium | Species: Chiloscyllium griseum | CITES: Not Listed | IUCN: Near Threatened

Grey Bamboo Sharks are found in the Indo-West Pacific Oceans at depths between five to 100 m below. They are common inshore bottom sharks and are often found in estuaries.   Biology and Behaviour: There is little known about grey… read more.

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