Orectolobus maculatusSpotted wobbegong | Common Carpet Shark
Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific
Resembles the ornate wobbegong in size and shape but has circular blotches surrounded by rings of white spots on the upper body surface. The western wobbegong can be recognised by its dark background colour and fewer and smaller skin flaps on the upper lip.
Max Size: 320 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 15.3-26.2°C
Habitat Generalization Index: 8.29
Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.
Conservation and Rarity
IUCN Status: Near Threatened
Occurrence: Frequent (15.5% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney