Cobbler Wobbegong

The cobbler wobbegong is a species of carpet shark found in Australia. This shark is the sole member of its genus.

Cobbler Wobbegong Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Orectolobiformes
Family Orectolobidae
Genus Sutorectus
Scientific Name S. tentaculatus


The maximum recorded length of the cobbler wobbegong is 3 feet. It has a short mouth with a wide pharynx and long, fang-like teeth. The head of the shark is narrow, its chin smooth, and its eyes small.

These sharks have dorsal fins with rows of large, warty dermal tubercles.

Cobbler wobbegongs have broad dark dorsal saddles with jagged edges separated by light areas with irregular dark spots.

Where do they live

Map Of The Cobbler Wobbegong Shark’s Habitat

Cobbler wobbegong Habitat Map

This shark lives in the subtropical Indian Ocean around Western Australia and eastern South Australia between 26° S and 35° S.

Keen-eyed divers can spot it over coral reefs, rocky areas, and seaweed.



It can be assumed that like other wobbegongs it uses ambush tactics to hunt, i.e., it will bury itself in sand during the day and wait for prey to swim by.


This shark is ovoviviparous, giving live birth to baby sharks. At birth, a pup is about 8.7 inches long.

Sexual maturity is observed when they are 1.97-2.1 ft.

Interactions with humans

The IUCN classifies the cobbler wobbegong as “Least Concern” or “LC”.

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