Scientific Name
Orectolobus japonicus  
Orectolobus japonicus日本鬚鯊
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author Regan, 1906 Depth 5 - 110M
Chinese 日本鬚鯊 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 鬚鯊科 Economic Fish Yes 
Family F011 Orectolobidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 日本鬚鯊 
Max Length 100 cm  Aquarium Fish Yes  Common Name 虎沙、破布鯊(澎湖)、狗檨仔(澎湖)、貓公檨(澎湖) 
Distribution in World Australia   Distribution in Taiwan North 
Habitats Coral、Coastal  Holotype Locality Japan 
Synonyms Crossorhinus barbatus, Crossorhinus lobatus, Orectolobus barbatus   
Reference 1. Ebert, D. A. , W. T. White, H. C. Ho, P. R. Last, K. Nakaya, B. Séret, N. Straube, G. J. P. Naylor & M. R. C. de Carvalho. 2013. An annotated checklist of the chondrichthyans of Taiwan. Zootaxa 3752 (no. 1): 279-386.  Regan, C. T. 1906 Compagno, L.J.V. 1984 Compagno, L.J.V. 1984 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 朱元鼎, 孟慶聞 等編 2001 
Specimen List ASIZP0060545. ASIZP0060844. ASIZP0063518. ASIZP0075037. NTUM01609. NTUM04315. NTUM04316.  
Common Name Japanese wobbegong; Fringe shark; Japanese carpet shark 
Redlist Status DD IUCN Redlist: Data deficient(DD)     
Characteristic Body and head broad, depressed. Tail compressed. Snout short, slightly extending in front of mouth. Nasal barbells with a few branches. Five dermal lobes below and in front of eye on each side of head. Eyes small, without tubercle on upper lid. Spiracle rather large, below and behind eye. Gill opening small, last three above pectoral base. Origin of 1st dorsal fin behind midbase of pelvic fins. First dorsal height about equal to base length. Interspace between dorsal fins longer than inner margin of 1st dorsal fin, about half of 1st dorsal fin base. Body brown above, whitish below. Ten dark brown saddlelike bands across back, all variegated with irregular pale spots or blotches. Intervening pale areas irregularly marked with dark blotches, spots, or clouding.
habitats A little-known temperate to tropical inshore bottom shark species. Ovoviviparous, litter size up to 20. 
Distribution Western North Pacific including Japan, Koreas, China, Taiwan, Viet Nam, Philippines. 
Utility Used for human consumption.