Orectolobus maculatus, also known as Spotted or Common-wobbegong, can be found along the western and southern coast of Australia, usually near the shore and in shallow tropical to temperate zones of the coastal area both in the intertidal zone and on the continental shelf. He is one of the largest in the benthic sharks, reaching an average length of about 1.50 meters, individual specimens can attain up to 3 meters. Like other sharks, they grow all their lives.
Its body color ranges from a greenish beige to yellowish brown. Orectolobus maculatus is drawn over the body with large dark spots and bright semi-rimmed, round spots. The lower edge of the upper lip and under the eyes and nose are various skin flaps and branched barbels. He has two in the maxilla and mandible in the three rows of sharp teeth, his five gill slits in front of the pectoral fins.
Wobbegongs are nocturnal hunters and little during the day if not at all active, even Orectolobus maculatus. They feed mainly on benthic invertebrates such as crabs, squid and small benthic fish, but do not despise small conspecifics, small rays, saw and bass as well as other ground sharks.
Aquaristic they are, simply on the basis of their expected final size and feeding behavior of no interest, but there are some specimens in display aquariums and zoo's.
Squalus appendiculatus Shaw, 1806
Squalus barbatus Gmelin, 1789
Squalus labiatus Bleeker, 1855
Squalus lobatus Bloch & Schneider, 1801
Squalus maculatus Bonnaterre, 1788
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Elasmobranchii (Class) > Neoselachii (Subclass) > Selachii (Infraclass) > Galeomorphi (Superorder) > Orectolobiformes (Order) > Orectolobidae (Family) > Orectolobus (Genus)