Whale shark (species: Rhincodon typus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Rhincodon typus
Whale shark

©Gemma Molinaro: Whale shark estimated at 6 metres long near Cod Hole, Ribbon Reef #10, on 5 Jan 2016.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Elasmobranchii
Order Orectolobiformes
Family Rhincodontidae
Genus Rhincodon
Species Rhincodon typus
Status vulnerable



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island area: Whale Sharks are very rarely seen in the Lizard Island area. The photographed specimen is the first known sighting for at least 20 years. The previous known sighting was in the early 1990s off Bird Islet, Lizard Island Group.

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