Tawny nurse shark (species: Nebrius ferrugineus) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Nebrius ferrugineus
Tawny nurse shark

©Anne Hoggett: Tawny Nurse Shark at Cod Hole near Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Nebrius ferrugineus swims through a gutter at North Point, Lizard Island. A Sharksucker swims above, between the shark's pectoral fins.

©Barbara Banks: Nebrius ferrugineus at Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Elasmobranchii
Order Orectolobiformes
Family Ginglymostomatidae
Genus Nebrius
Species Nebrius ferrugineus
Status vulnerable



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 320 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

Web resources


  • Frisch, A.J., M. Ireland, J.R. Rizzari, O.M. Lonnstedt, K.A. Magnenat, C.E. Mirbach and J.-P.A. Hobbs (2016). Reassessing the trophic role of reef sharks as apex predators on coral reefs. Coral Reefs, 35: 459-472. LIRS catalog number 1981.
  • Rizzari, J.R., A.J. Frisch and K.A. Magnenat (2014). Diversity, abundance, and distribution of reef sharks on outer-shelf reefs of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Marine Biology, 161: 2847-2855. LIRS catalog number 1787.