Name: Eucrossorhinus dasypogon
Branching skin flaps run continuously from pectoral fins around front of head
forming a lattice-like beard. Markings composed of an intricate pattern of light
and dark dots and rings over a brown to beige background. Head and body very
broad and flattened.
Maximum length exceeds 3m.
Rocky and coral reefs. From 1 to 40m+.
Northern W.A. to Queensland and north into Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
An ambush predator. Remains motionless blending with reef
structure until small fishes swim within striking range. Then, rapidly opens
mouth sucking in its prey. Actively hunts at night for Bony fishes.
this species lying motionless in exactly the same spot for three consecutive
days. Its reasonable that it did not move at all during this time relying on
food swimming by. Its also possible that it simply returned to exactly the same
position each day but it was also present during night dives.
Exmouth Navy Pier, W.A. and Blizzard Ridge (reef), Exmouth, W.A.
There are six described species and a few undescribed species of wobbegongs.
Most can be distinguished by barbell configuration and markings. None have the
intricate skin flaps dispayed by this species.
Reaction to divers:
Remains at rest relying on camouflage unless harassed. Has been reported
to have bitten divers that got too close to its mouth even when not disturbed.
logistics: In W.A.,
Exmouth Dive Centre can arrange day and night dives at the Navy Pier and 2 tank
boat dives at blizzard ridge. The wobbegongs usually present at these sights. At
the pier it may also be possible to see Wards wobbegongs, and Epaulette sharks
but these are much more secretive burying themselves in caves during the day.
There are probably countless other locations all the way to Queensland where
Tasselled wobbies are resident.
Other diving locations submitted by
Sharks and Rays of the World. Scott W. Michael. Sea Challengers.
and Rays - Elasmobranch Guide of the World. Ralf M. Hennemann. IKAN.