Spotted Wobbegong Shark

(Orectolobus maculatus)

Orectolobus Sharks should only be added to very large aquariums with a deep fine sand bed. Sharks will grow very large careful thought and consideration will need to be done before adding to home aquariums. Stable rockwork with plenty of caves, cracks and crevices should be provided for resting. Sharks lack airbladders instead they have two lobed liver that maintains their buoyancy. Sharks have a keen sense of smell and eyesight as well as renewable teeth. They are nocturnal and are sensitive to both electric impulses and copper maintain aquarium with neither present. Sharks require a diet rich in meaty based foods. Orectolobus Sharks will eat anything they can fit in their mouth. Generally docile towards humans they have become unpredictably aggressive.

Spotted Wobbegong Shark are also sometimes known as the a Carpet, Common Carpet or Tassel Shark. They are not often seen in the aquarium trade. They are green, yellow or brown with distinctive o-shaped spots over its entire body. The Spotted Wobbegong can grow up to 3.5 feet in length.

We recommend a minimum aquarium size of 500 gallons or larger for this species.

Water conditions: Salinity 1.020 - 1.025, Temp (F) 72 - 78, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Alkalinity 8 - 12 dKH

  • Care: CareDifficultDifficult
  • Behavior: BehaviorAgressiveAgressive
  • Diet: DietFrozen FoodFrozen Food DietLive FoodLive Food
  • Habitat: HabitatPlantedPlanted
  • Light: LightHighHigh