Wards wobbegong, Northern wobbegong.
Name: Orectolobus wardi
Covered in comparatively simple markings compared to other wobbegongs. Three
dark saddles on head and torso. Two or three dark bands posterior to pelvic
fins. Daubs of brown in remaining areas cover a pale background. Nasal barbells
unbranched. Two pairs of wide dermal lobes above upper jaw anterior to eyes. Two
pairs of dermal lobes posterior to spiacles.
maximum recorded but possibly to 1m. Birth size unknown.
reefs greater than 3m. Often in turbid water.
and distribution: North
western to north eastern Australia. From at least as far as Exmouth in WA to
Nocturnal. Remains motionless during the day usually hidden under
Navy Pier, Exmouth, Western Australia.
There are seven described species and a few undescribed species of wobbegongs.
Most can be distinguished by barbell configuration and markings. The ornate
wobbegong shares much of the Wards range but is easily distinguished by its more
Reaction to divers:
Remains at rest relying on camouflage unless harassed.
logistics: This wobbegong is
sporadically seen at the Navy Pier in Exmouth. It is not always there and it is
generally very hard to find much less photograph. This is a very secretive
species. It may be more common in other areas but the advantage of Exmouth is
that the water is usually fairly clear compared to its other turbid
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.
Sharks of the World - L. Compagno et al.