Identification: Large, flattened,
broad-bodied sharks with short tails. The anal fin is
behind the second dorsal fin and just in front of the caudal fin. They
have strongly protrusible jaws and enlarged impaling teeth. Their
cryptic coloration of spots, blotches, lines, and saddles and the unique
lobes of skin on the sides of the head combine to camouflage them on
the sea bottom.
Origin: Mostly off Australia and Papua New
Guinea. Two species also occur off Japan
and one species is confined to the western north Pacific
Maximum Length: 10.4'
Minimum tank size: 1000 Gallon
Behavior: An ambush predator that will put on
an explosive feeding display. The Wobbegong
makes an unusual and durable aquarium specimen but most will outgrow home aquariums.
Feeding and diet: Bottom fishes, octopuses,
crabs, and lobsters in the wild, Feed meaty foods such
as shrimp, scallop, or marine fish impaled on a feeding stick. Feed to saturation
two times a week.
Reef Compatibility: Definitely Not. Will eat
ornamental crustaceans and any tank mate that
will fit in its' mouth.
Cautions: They are mainly nocturnal and will not usually eat during the day.
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