Sharks that eat sharks: opportunistic predation by wobbegongs
- 2.3k Downloads
KeywordsCoral Reef Great Barrier Reef Benthic Invertebrate Predation Event Demersal Fish
Wobbegong sharks (family Orectolobidae) are demersal ambush predators of benthic invertebrates, cephalopods, teleost fishes, and, in larger species, occasionally other sharks (Compagno 2001; Huveneers et al. 2007). Field observations of predation events are rare on coral reefs, and trophic status is usually assigned using stomach content data from collected specimens (Huveneers et al. 2007).
These images were captured during a field trip funded by the National Environment Research Program (NERP). We thank our field assistants Tom Mannering and Andrew Cole, and Professor J. H. Choat for input on shark morphology and feeding.
- Compagno LJV (2001) 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). FAO Species Catalogue for Fishery Purposes. No. 1, Vol. 2. Rome, FAOGoogle Scholar
- Huveneers C, Otway NM, Gibbs SE, Harcourt RG (2007) Quantitative diet assessment of wobbegong sharks (genus Orectolobus) in New South Wales, Australia. ICES Journal of Marine Science 64:1272–1281Google Scholar