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Tasselled Wobbegong (Eucrossohrinus dasypogon)
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Taxonomic name: Eucrossohrinus dasypogon
The Tasselled Wobbegong (Eucrossorhinus dasypogon) is found only in tropical
waters. It has a distinctive mass of lobes and tendrils around the jaws,
more so than any other wobbegong species.
The scientific name for the Tasselled Wobbegong (Eucrossorhinus dasypogon)
roughly translates into 'well fringed nose with shaggy beard'. It has
a very broad head, large spiracles set behind small eyes, large rounded
pectoral fins and a beautiful mosaic pattern of spots and lines all over
a yellowish brown body.
Like all wobbegongs the Tasselled Wobbegong relies on camouflage and
quick reflexes to snatch prey that strays too close to its head. Of course
the lush beard adds another dimension to its hunting with the frilly tassels
appearing to be succulent morsels which attracts fish, squid, cuttlefish
and crabs. It has a very flexible flattened body shape that allows it
to squirm into enclosed spaces or manoeuvre in caves for the best hunting