Tasselled Wobbegong (species: Eucrossorhinus dasypogon) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Eucrossorhinus dasypogon
Tasselled Wobbegong

©Anne Hoggett: Eucrossorhinus dasypogon estimated at 1.2 metres long at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island. Note extensively branched lobes on both sides of head and on chin. (17 Jan 2016)

©Anne Hoggett: Tail of Eucrossorhinus dasypogon at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island (17 Jan 2016)

©Anne Hoggett: Head of Tasselled Wobbegong at Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Elasmobranchii
Order Orectolobiformes
Family Orectolobidae
Genus Eucrossorhinus
Species Eucrossorhinus dasypogon



Distinguishing features

A bottom-dwelling shark with a very broad, flat head and body. Shades of brown in a reticulate pattern; all specimens recorded from Lizard Island to date (Feb 2019) have a few rosettes on the body and fins made up of a dark central spot surrounded by pale spots outlined in brown. Mouth is fringed with highly-branched dermal lobes, including on the chin.


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Wobbegongs are very rarely seen at Lizard Island.

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Other references

  • Last, P.R. and J.D. Stevens (2009). Sharks and Rays of Australia.: 2nd Edition CSIRO Publishing, Australia.