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Orectolobus wardi  Whitley, 1939

Northern wobbegong
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Australia country information

Common names: North Australian wobbegong, Northern wobbegong, Wards wobbegong
Occurrence: native
Salinity: marine
Abundance: | Ref:
Importance: | Ref:
Aquaculture: | Ref:
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Uses: no uses
Comments: Thought to be endemic (Ref. 247, 6871, 7300) but also reported from Papua New Guinea (Ref. 6993). Occurs in northern Australia, ranging from Onslow, Western Australia to Fraser I., Queensland (Ref. 6871). Museum: Cape Keith, Melville I., northern Australia, 1AAMS7784 (holotype) (Ref. 247). Also Ref. 7300, 13577, 43278.
National Checklist:
Country Information: httpss://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/geos/as.html
National Fisheries Authority: https://www.csiro.au/
Occurrences: Occurrences Point map
Main Ref: Last, P.R. and J.D. Stevens, 1994
National Database:

Classification / Names

Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Orectolobiformes (Carpet sharks) > Orectolobidae (Carpet or nurse sharks)
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Main reference

Size / Weight / Age

Max length : 63.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 6871)

Environment

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 3 m (Ref. 43278)

Climate / Range

Tropical; 9°S - 26°S, 114°E - 154°E

Distribution

Western Central Pacific: Australia.
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Short description

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 0; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 0. Dark rounded saddles with light outlining widely spaced by dusky areas and with a few dark spots; saddles on head and trunk forming conspicuous eyespots (Ref. 13577). Caudal fin with its upper lobe hardly elevated above the body axis, with a strong terminal lobe and subterminal notch but no ventral lobe (Ref. 13577).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found on the continental shelf, commonly inshore (Ref. 247). Presumably feeds on bottom invertebrates and fishes, but diet still unrecorded (Ref. 13577, 43278). Probably ovoviviparous (Ref. 13577, 43278). Wobbegongs should be regarded as potentially dangerous because of their formidable teeth (Ref. 247, 13577).

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

Threat to humans

  Traumatogenic



Human uses

Fisheries: minor commercial

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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805)
PD50 = 0.5012 many relatives (e.g. carps) 0.5 - 2.0 few relatives (e.g. lungfishes)

Trophic Level (Ref. 69278)
4.0   ±0.61 se; Based on food items.

Resilience (Ref. 69278)
Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Fec assumed to be <100)

Vulnerability (Ref. 59153)
Moderate vulnerability (37 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown