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Other Combinations:   (Peters, 1864).
FAO Names
En - Cobbler wobbegong, Fr - Requin-tapis cordonnier, Sp - Tapicero zapatudo.
3Alpha Code: ORS     Taxonomic Code: 1070200301
Scientific Name with Original Description
Crossorhinus tentaculatus  Peters, 1864, Monatsb. Akad.Wiss. Berlin: 123. Syntypes: Zoologisches Museum, Museum für Naturkunde der Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, ZMB 5073, a 750 mm female, and ZMB 5264, a 430 mm female (alcohol), according to Paepke and Schmidt (1988, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 64(1): 163) and Eschmeyer (1998, Cat. Fish.: CD-ROM), from Adelaide, South Australia.
Diagnostic Features
fieldmarks: A rather slender wobbegong, less flattened than most; with a few slender dermal lobes on sides of head, simple, unbranched nasal barbels, symphysial groove on chin; conspicuous warty tubercles in rows on the dorsal surface of the body and dorsal fin bases; dorsal fins very low and long, with heights half their base lengths, first dorsal-fin origin in front of pelvic-fin midbases; striking variegated colour pattern of broad dark, dorsal saddles with jagged, corrugated edges, interspaced with light areas with irregular dark spots; also, mouth in front of eyes, nasoral grooves and circumnarial grooves present, two rows of enlarged fang-like teeth in upper jaw and three in lower jaw.

Head rather narrow, its greatest width slightly less than distance from snout tip to first gill openings. Chin smooth, without a beard of dermal lobes. Dermal lobes of sides and front of head small, short, unbranched, and forming isolated groups that are broadly separated from one another, in 4 to 6 pairs. Nasal barbels simple and unbranched. Mouth narrow, width about 9% of total length. Dorsal surface of head, body and precaudal tail, and dorsal-fin bases, with rows of large, conspicuous dermal tubercles, resembling warts. Trunk moderately broad, width across pectoral-fin insertions considerably less than head length. Precaudal tail rather long, distance from pelvic-fin insertion to lower caudal-fin origin much greater than head length.  Pectoral and pelvic fins small and widely spaced from each other, distance from pectoral-fin insertions to pelvic-fin origins about twice length of pectoral-fin bases and somewhat greater than pelvic-fin lengths from origins to free rear tips. Interspace between first and second dorsal fins much shorter than first dorsal-fin inner margin and less than a fifth of first dorsal-fin base. Dorsal fins low and long, height of first dorsal fin about half its base length, length of first dorsal-fin base greater than pelvic-fin length from origin to free rear tip. Origin of first dorsal fin in front of midbases of pelvic fins.  Dorsal surface with a colour pattern of jagged-edged broad dark saddles and scattered dark spots on a light background, no reticulating narrow lines with spots at their junctions. 
Geographical Distribution
Western South Pacific: Confined to Australian waters (west coast of temperate Western Australia from Houtman Abrolhos southeast to Adelaide, South Australia).
Habitat and Biology
A little-known but probably common inshore bottom shark of temperate continental waters, on rocky and coral reefs, and in seaweeds.Depths not recorded.

Biology almost unknown..

Presumably ovoviviparous.  Preying on bottom invertebrates and fishes.
Maximum recorded 92 cm. Size at birth about 22 cm; near full-term young, still with sizeable yolk sacs, were 18 cm long. Males mature at about 65 cm. Said to grow as large as the spotted wobbegong (Orectolobus maculatus) according to Stead (1963), but possibly by confusion with Orectolobus ornatus or some other large wobbegong.
Interest to Fisheries
Interest to fisheries none at present.

Conservation Status : Conservation status uncertain but needs to be monitored because of its limited range.
Local Names
Widespread : Cobbler carpet shark ,  Cobbler shark .
Source of Information
Sharks of the world An annotated and illustrated catalogue of shark species known to date. Volume 2 Bullhead, mackerel and carpet sharks (Heterodontiformes, Lamniformes and Orectolobiformes). Leonard J.V. Compagno 2001.  FAO Species Catalogue for Fishery Purposes. No. 1, Vol. 2. Rome, FAO. 2001. p.269.
Compagno, 1984
Fowler, 1941
Garman, 1913
Last & Stevens, 1994
Ogilby & McCulloch, 1908
Stead, 1963
Whitley, 1940
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