Orectolobus japonicus

Regan, 1906

Japanese wobbegong
Classification: Elasmobranchii Orectolobiformes Orectolobidae

Reference of the original description
Regan, C.T. (1906)
Descriptions of some new sharks in the British Museum collection. Annals and Magazine of Natural History, (Series 7), 18(65), 435–440

Image of the original description
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Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Orectolobus cf. japonicus

Orectolobus japonicus
Syntype: BMNH: 1862.11.1.90 BMNH: 1862.11.1.18 (or 17)

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Citation: Orectolobus japonicus Regan, 1906: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Orectolobus japonicus Regan, 1906, female syntype (BMNH 1862.11.1.18, 753 mm TL, preserved): lateral view In: Last, P.R. & White, W.T. & Pogonoski, J.J. (2010): A new wobbegong shark, Orectolobus leptolineatus sp. nov. (Orectolobiformes: Orectolobidae), from the Western Central Pacific. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper, 32: 1-16
Common names
spa Tapicero japonés, fra \(T\) Requin-tapis moustache, eng Fringe shark, eng Japanese carpet shark, eng Japanese wobbegong

Short Description
Five to six dermal flaps below and in front of eyes; back with light areas between dark saddles marked with broad reticulated dark lines [544]. Caudal fin with its upper lobe hardly elevated above the body axis, with a strong terminal lobe and subterminal notch but no ventral lobe [544].

Western Pacific: Japan and Korea to Viet Nam and the Philippines. Source: www.gbif.org

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; price category: not marketed/unknown; price reliability:

Ovoviviparous, embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. With up to 20 young in a litter [518]. A little-known bottom shark found inshore. Nocturnal in habits. Feeds on fish, and presumably bottom invertebrates [518]. Inhabits rocky areas and coral reefs [17641]. A carnivor [17641].

Size / Weight / Age
100.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; [544])

demersal; marine

shark-references Species-ID=4353;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Acanthobothrium margieae Fyler, 2011 [16109] [28741]
  • Ambitalveolus penghuensis Caira & Jensen, 2022 [30793]

  • Gnathia rufescens Ota, 2015 [22155]
  • Gnathia trimaculata Coetzee, Smit, Grutter & Davies, 2009 [17188]