Northern wobbegong

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Northern wobbegong
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Orectolobiformes
Family: Orectolobidae
Genus: Orectolobus
Species: O. wardi
Binomial name
Orectolobus wardi
Whitley, 1939
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Range of Northern wobbegong (in blue)

The northern wobbegong, Orectolobus wardi, is a carpet shark in the family Orectolobidae, found in the western Pacific Ocean around Australia, between latitudes 9° S to 26° S. It reaches a length of 63 cm.


Northern wobbegongs are excellent aquarium sharks due to their small (30 inch) adult size. They can be successfully reared in 135 gallon aquaria, but sharks in general tend to do better in aquaria 180 gallons or more in volume.[1]

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  1. ^ Michael, Scott W. (March 2004), "Sharks at Home", Aquarium Fish Magazine, pp. 20–29