Cobbler Wobbegong Click to enlarge image
A Cobbler Wobbegong at a depth of 4.5m, Port Hughes, South Australia, 16 November 2008. Image: Phil Mercurio
© Phil Mercurio

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    tentaculatus
    Genus
    Sutorectus
    Family
    Orectolobidae
    Order
    Orectolobiformes
    Class
    Chondrichthyes
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    92 cm

Identification

The Cobbler Wobbegong can be recognised by the rows of warty tubercles along the back and its pattern of saddles and blotches. It has black spots on the dorsal surface and fins.



Distribution

The species occurs from the central coast of Western Australia to eastern South Australia.

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.



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.