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Tasselled Wobbegong Shark
Threat Level: low
Scientific name...........Eucrossorhinus Dasypogon
Tasselled wobbegongs are an unusual shark and are distinguished by flattened elongated bodies, very broad, flat, head which is highly patterned and well-camouflaged. They have many branched dermal lobes on their head which the edge looks like it is fringed and beard-like on the chin.
The Tasselled Wobbegong is one of smaller wobbegongs of the 7 species, reaching approximately 48 inches long. At birth they measure about 8 1/2 inches.
The mouth is studded with sharp, narrow teeth.
Tasselled wobbegongs have two color patterns; one with a network of tan lines on a gray background, or dark brown lines , on a light brown background.
At night they feed on bottom fishes, possibly invertebrates. Wobbegongs are known to ambush, stalk and lure their prey and use a quick strike to catch their prey, because their jaws are very capacious it enables them to capture large prey. When it captures a larger prey, it holds it in its vise-like jaws until subdued.
They are nocturnal, possibly solitary. This species rest by day with curled tail on bottom of caves and under ledges.
Southwest Pacific: Indonesia, New Guinea, Australia. They live on the bottom of warm temperate to tropical seas, often found on rocky and coral reefs. They are commonly found in caves, or beneath ledges during the day time.
Tasselled wobbegongs are presumed to be ovoviparous.
They can have a potentially dangerous bite if provoked, captured or disturbed.
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