IUCN threat status:

Near Threatened (NT)


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Range Description

Orectolobus halei is an Australian endemic wobbegong.

Orectolobus halei has been recorded from warm temperate eastern Australia with confirmed reports from Moreton Bay, Queensland and likely reports from Hervey Bay southwards to Port Phillip Bay (38°14'S, 144°39'E), Victoria and north-westwards to Norwegian Bay (22°54'S), Western Australia (J. Chidlow, unpub. data). However, records from the southern coast of Australia and Western Australia need to be verified (P.R. Last pers. comm. 2007).

Previous sources (Last and Stevens, 1994; Compagno, 2001) show that the global distribution of O. halei (formerly known as O. ornatus) includes Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Japan. However, wobbegongs from these areas are either misidentified O. ornatus or different undescribed species of wobbegongs.


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