Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Orectolobiformes
(Carpet sharks) > Orectolobidae
(Carpet or nurse sharks)
Etymology: Orectolobus: Greek, orektos = stretch out + Greek, lobos = lobe (Ref. 45335); floridus: Name from Latin ‘floridus’ (= abounding in flowers or flowering profusely), referring to the rich, floral pattern of bands and blotches on the dorsal surface.. More on author: Last.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range 42 - 85 m (Ref. 74934). Tropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 75.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 74934); 71.4 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This species is characterized by the following: dorsal coloration when fresh strongly ornamented, mottled yellowish brown; side of the head with black spots; nasal barbel with 2 simple lobes; postspiracular lobes are poorly developed, distance across preorbital group 1.2-1.4 times interspace between preorbital group and postspiracular lobe (PO/PO-PS1), 12-14 times base length of anterior postspiracular lobe (PO/PS1); base of anterior postspiracular lobe 9-12 in its distance from postorbital group (PO- PS1/PS1), 5-6 in its distance from posterior postspiracular lobe (PS1-PS2/PS1); above eye is a weak tubercle; back without wart-like tubercles; dorsal fins low, raked, not upright; first dorsal-fin origin over mid pelvic-fin base; interdorsal space 0.3-0.4 times the anal-fin base length; anal-fin inner margin 1.1-1.2 times the anal-fin posterior margin; 18-20 teeth in upper jaw, medial row at symphysis of upper jaw absent; 47-52 monospondylous centra; 145-150 total vertebral centra (Ref. 74934).
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions | Faunafri
Eastern Indian Ocean: southwestern Australia.
Collected from the inner continental shelf off southwestern Australia (Ref. 74934).
Last, P.R. and J.A. Chidlow, 2008. Two new wobbegong sharks, Orectolobus floridus sp. nov. and O. parvimaculatus sp. nov. (Orectolobiformes: Orectolobidae), from southwestern Australia. Zootaxa 1673:49-67.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5012 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), based on all LWR estimates for this BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.8 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (32 of 100) .