Orectolobus ornatus

(De Vis, 1883)

Ornate wobbegong
Classification: Elasmobranchii Orectolobiformes Orectolobidae

Reference of the original description
de Vis, C.W. (1883)
Descriptions of new genera and species of Australian fishes. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, ser. 1, 8(2), 283–289

Image of the original description
No image in first description.

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Crossorhinus ornatus, Orectolobus cf. ornatus, Orectolobus devisi

Orectolobus ornatus
Holotype: QM: I.164
Orectolobus devisi
Holotype: QM: I.164

Description :

Citation: Orectolobus ornatus (De Vis, 1883): 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 ornatus (de Vis, 1883), ERB 1120, female, 69, 8 TL, Australia © Frederik H. Mollen (Elasmobranch Research Belgium)
Common names
spa Tapicero ornamentado, fra \(T\) Requin-tapis paste, eng Banded carpet shark, eng Banded wobbegong, eng Carpet shark, eng Gulf wobbegong, eng Orectolobus ornatus, eng Ornate wobbegong, eng Wobbegong

Short Description
Back with light areas between dark saddles marked with dark, light-centered blotches and spots, not reticulated 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: Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Australia (including southern Australia and Western Australia). Source: www.gbif.org

Ovoviviparous, embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. A common bottom shark of inshore continental waters, on algal-covered rocky areas and coral reefs. Nocturnal, resting on the bottom during the day and prowling on its reef habitat at night. Presumably feeding on bottom invertebrates and fishes but diet unrecorded.

Size / Weight / Age
290 cm TL (male/unsexed; [1388])

reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 100 m (Ref. 54689)

shark-references Species-ID=4356;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Kudoa hemiscylli Gleeson, Bennett & Adlard, 2010 [21484]

  • Acanthobothrium angelae Campbell & Beveridge, 2002 [16128]
  • Acanthobothrium brayi Campbell & Beveridge, 2002 [16128]
  • Acanthobothrium margieae Fyler, 2011 [26821]
  • Dollfusiella martini (Beveridge, 1990) [16112]
  • Scyphophyllidium orectolobi (Butler, 1987) [25840]
  • Stragulorhynchus orectolobi Beveridge & Campbell, 1988 [17838] [16112]