Cobbler Wobbegong, Sutorectus tentaculatus (Peters 1864)

Other Names: Cobbler Carpet Shark, Cobbler Carpetshark, Sombre Carpet Shark

A Cobbler Wobbegong, Sutorectus tentaculatus, at Rottnest Island, Western Australia. Source: Rick Stuart-Smith / Reef Life Survey. License: CC BY Attribution


A wobbegong with unbranched dermal lobes on the head, rows of warty tubercles along the back, and black spots on the body and fins.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Sutorectus tentaculatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 18 Jul 2024,

Cobbler Wobbegong, Sutorectus tentaculatus (Peters 1864)

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Gulk St Vincent, South Australia, to the Houtamn Abrolhos islands, Western Australia.


Bray, D.J. 2018

Cobbler Wobbegong, Sutorectus tentaculatus (Peters 1864)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37013012

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Danger:Dangerous if provoked

Depth:1-35 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:100 cm TL


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