Animal Species:Tawny Shark, Nebrius ferrugineus (Lesson, 1830)

The movie opens with footage of Zebra Sharks, but moves on to show Tawny Shark behaviour and feeding.

Standard Common Name

Tawny Shark

Alternative Name/s

Madame X, Rusty Catshark, Rusty Shark, Sleepy Shark, Spitting Shark, Tawney Nurse Shark, Tawney Shark

Size range

It grows to about 3.2 m in length.

Distribution

In Australia the species occurs in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Nebrius ferrugineus

Habitat

Tropical inshore waters to depths of 70 m.

Classification

Species:
ferrugineus
Genus:
Nebrius
Family:
Ginglymostomatidae
Order:
Orectolobiformes
Class:
Chondrichthyes
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata

What does this mean?

References

  1. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  2. Last, P.R. & J.D. Stevens. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia. Edition 2. CSIRO. Pp. 644, Pl. 1-91.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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