Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) > Orectolobiformes
(Carpet sharks) > Orectolobidae
(Carpet or nurse sharks)
Etymology: Orectolobus: Greek, orektos = stretch out + Greek, lobos = lobe (Ref. 45335). More on author: Whitley.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 195 m (Ref. 106604). Temperate
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Eastern Indian Ocean: off Western Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 256 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 106604)
The maximum size was based on jaws of a specimen in the personal collection of M. Harris (Harris, 2015, pers. comm.); but reported lengths up to 290 cm and 300 cm TL need further confirmation (Ref. 106604).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Huveneers, C., 2006. Redescription of two species of wobbegongs (Chondrichthyes: Orectolobidae) with elevation of Orectolobus halei Whitley 1940 to species level. Zootaxa 1284:29-51. (Ref. 58832)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
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Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
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Estimates based on 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), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.1 ±0.6 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Generation time: 12.2 ( na - na) years. Estimated as median ln(3)/K based on 1 growth studies.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Very high vulnerability (80 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 10.6 [1.6, 33.0] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.18 [0.04, 0.42] mg/100g ; Protein = 18.8 [16.7, 20.7] % ; Omega3 = 0.368 [0.176, 0.785] g/100g ; Selenium = 22.6 [5.7, 62.9] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 5.46 [2.00, 13.85] μg/100g ; Zinc = 0.323 [0.157, 0.709] mg/100g (wet weight);