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  • n. Any of eight species of bottom-dwelling carpet sharks in the Orectolobidae family, distinguished by their small vegetation-like flaps of skin around their mouth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A New South Wales aboriginal name for a species of shark, Orectolobus barbatus, of the family Hemiscylliidæ: also known as the carpet-shark, from the beautifully mottled skin.


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From an Australian aboriginal language.


  • 'Specimens of the new floral banded wobbegong (Orectolobus floridus) have been found between Geraldton and Augusta and specimens of the dwarf spotted wobbegong (Orectolobus parvimaculatus) were found in shark fishery catches between Green Head and Mandurah,' Mr Chidlow said.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • Two new wobbegong shark species have been found off the South West coast of Western Australia, during catch monitoring of the regional commercial shark fishery.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • 'Identification of the dwarf spotted wobbegong was a little more complicated, because we initially thought the specimens we had were juveniles of the spotted wobbegong species, or Orectolobus maculatus.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • Details of the new wobbegong species have recently been published in the taxonomic journal Zootaxa, following a collaborative project by CSIRO taxonomist Dr Peter Last and WA Department of Fisheries shark researcher Justin Chidlow.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • Mr Chidlow said wobbegongs were not as sleek looking as some of the better-known sharks and the new species helped reinforce the importance of the continental shelf off WA as an area where a large range of wobbegong species could be encountered.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • 'When I first saw the floral banded wobbegong it looked similar to the species many fishers know as the cobbler wobbegong (Sutorectus tentaculatus), but on closer inspection there were some very obvious differences that help define it as a separate species.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • It’s amazing to think that the new species have been present off our coast, but that it’s only now that they have been formally identified as separate and been added to the list of known wobbegong species, 'he said.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • It looked like a wobbegong and went straight under my board and was heading towards him.

    Watch out for sharks Owen

  • Fortunaely, the wobbegong can dislocate its jaw for this kind of meal.


  • Otway and his research partner for the work, Megan Ellis, decided to use wobbegong sharks

    Ars Technica


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