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Spotted Wobbegong (Orectolobus maculatus)

Spotted Wobbegong (Orectolobus maculatus)

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Order: Orectolobiformes
Family: Orectolobidae
Genus: Orectolobus
Species: maculatus
Taxonomic name: Orectolobus maculatus

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 species.

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 attractive leather.

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.

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