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Orectolobus hutchinsi

Orectolobus hutchinsi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Orectolobiformes
Family: Orectolobidae
Genus: Orectolobus
Species: O. hutchinsi
Binomial name
Orectolobus hutchinsi
Last, Chidlow & Compagno, 2006
Range of western wobbegong (in blue)

Orectolobus hutchinsi, the western wobbegong, is a species of carpet shark in the family Orectolobidae. Despite having been known for many years (often referred to as Orectolobus sp. A), it only received its scientific name in 2006.[2] It is found at rocky reefs off Western Australia between Bremer Bay and Coral Bay at depths down to 106 metres (348 ft).[2] It is a medium-large wobbegong with a skin pattern somewhat resembling that of a jaguar[3] and a maximum length of 1.5 metres (4.9 ft).[2]

See also


  1. ^ C. Huveneers & R. B. McAuley (2008). "Orectolobus hutchinsi".  
  2. ^ a b c Last, P.R., J. A. Chidlow, and L. J. V. Compagno (2006). A new wobbegong shark, Orectolobus hutchinsi n. sp. (Orectolobiformes: Orectolobidae) from southwestern Australia. Zootaxa (1239):35-48.
  3. ^ Marsh, N. (2007/08). Wobbegong Update... Sportdiving 125: 66-68.
  • New shark found in Australia Matt Clarke, Practical Fishkeeping
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