Orectolobus hutchinsi

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Orectolobus hutchinsi
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Order: Orectolobiformes
Family: Orectolobidae
Genus: Orectolobus
O. hutchinsi
Binomial name
Orectolobus hutchinsi
Orectolobus sp A distmap.png
Range of western wobbegong (in blue)

Orectolobus hutchinsi, the western wobbegong, is a species of carpet shark in the family Orectolobidae. Despite having been known for many years (often referred to as Orectolobus sp. A), it only received its scientific name in 2006.[2] It is found at rocky reefs off Western Australia between Bremer Bay and Coral Bay at depths down to 106 metres (348 ft).[2] It is a medium-large wobbegong with a skin pattern somewhat resembling that of a jaguar[3] and a maximum length of 1.5 metres (4.9 ft).[2]

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  1. ^ C. Huveneers & R. B. McAuley (2008). "Orectolobus hutchinsi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2009.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 6 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Last, P.R., J. A. Chidlow, and L. J. V. Compagno (2006). A new wobbegong shark, Orectolobus hutchinsi n. sp. (Orectolobiformes: Orectolobidae) from southwestern Australia. Zootaxa (1239):35-48.
  3. ^ Marsh, N. (2007/08). Wobbegong Update... Archived 23 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Sportdiving 125: 66-68.