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Spotted Wobbegong (Orectolobus maculatus)
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Taxonomic name: Orectolobus
The Spotted Wobbegong (Orectolobus maculatus) is commonly found in temperate
waters. At times small groups can be found resting together in caves or
ledges. A distinctive small triangle between the eyes is unique to this
Like all wobbegongs the Spotted Wobbegong gives birth to live young which
have hatched out of eggs within the uterus. The newborn pups are 20 cm
long and grow to an adult size of 3 m or more.
Spotted Wobbegongs have been targeted by New South Wales fisheries, their
meat being used for the fish-and-chip trade. As a result reefs once littered
with Spotted Wobbegongs now shelter only the occasional individual. Adding
to this species' economic viability is the fact that its hide makes an
Normally placid, the Spotted Wobbegong can become aggressive if tempted
with bait, such as speared fish or scraps from cleaned fish. Wobbegongs
should never be harassed by grabbing their tails as they can easily turn
and bite within their own body length.