Network Wobbegong

About the Network Wobbegong

The network wobbegong is a newly discovered carpet shark species found around Western and Northern Australia. It is very similar to the northern wobbegong, and had been thought to be the same species. They’re one of the members of the wardi-complex, a group of similar-looking wobbegongs whose taxonomy have not been yet fully deciphered. They live in shallow waters of up to 20 m.

Like other wobbegongs, it spends most of its life at the bottom, resting on the seabed. Their camouflage makes them look like a carpet.

Only four specimens have been studied, but they seem to be viviparous. The maximum recorded length is 52 cm.

Because of their small size, this species is rarely retained fo fisheries. They’re a new species and more studies are required to determine their population health. They’re currently considered Data Deficient.

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Scientific Name Orectolobus reticulatus
OrderCarpet Sharks - Orectolobiformes
GenusOrectolobus
CitesNot Listed
IUCNData Deficient
ReproductionViviparous
SizeSmall
Litter Size Unknown
Common Length 52.3 cm
Max LenghtNA
Depth Range 0 - 20 m
DistributionEastern Indian Ocean, Western Central Pacific
EnvironmentBenthopelagic
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