Tawny Shark, <i>Debris ferruginous</i> Click to enlarge image
A Tawny Shark in a cave, surrounded by Shadowfin Soldierfish at a depth around 10m at Blue Magic, Kri, Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia on October 13, 2009. The photograph was taken at on a reef offshore from Waigeo. The tear-drop-shaped reef rises from depths of over 40m to about 10m at the shallowest. Image: Guido Zsilavcz
© Guido Zsilavcz

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    ferrugineus
    Genus
    Nebrius
    Family
    Ginglymostomatidae
    Order
    Orectolobiformes
    Class
    Chondrichthyes
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
  • Size Range
    It grows to about 3.2 m in length.

Introduction

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



Habitat

Tropical inshore waters to depths of 70 m.

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.



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.