Orectolobiformes

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Orectolobiformes
Spotted wobbegong.jpg
Spotted wobbegong
Orectolobus maculatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Biliteria
Branch Deuterostomia
Phylum Information
Phylum Chordata
Sub-phylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata
Class Information
Class Chondrichthyes
Sub-class Elasmobranchii
Order Information
Superorder Selachimorpha
Order Orectolobiformes
Family Information
Families Parascyllidae
Brachaeluridae
Orectolobidae
Hemiscyllidae
Stegostomatidae
Ginglymostomatidae
Rhiniodontidae
Population statistics

Orectolobiformes are an order of sharks, consisting of seven families and 43 species of what are loosely called "carpet" sharks, so-named for the intricate patterns resembling oriental carpeting. Most species are small bottom dwellers; the exception is the whale shark (Rhincodon typus), the largest living fish at up to 60 feet in length.

Orectolobidae, also known as Wobbegongs, are a family of Orectolobiformes. The name is believed to be derived from an Australian Aboriginal term for "shaggy beard", referring to their bearded appearance.

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