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Tasselled Wobbegong (Eucrossohrinus dasypogon)

Tasselled Wobbegong (Eucrossorhinus dasypogon)

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Order: Orectolobiformes
Family: Orectolobidae
Genus: Eucrossohrinus
Species: dasypogon
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 spot.

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