|Red List Category & Criteria:
||Tanaka, S., Nakaya, K., Wang, Y & Alava, M.
||Stevens, J., Valenti, S.V. & Pollard, D. (Shark Red List Authority)
This poorly known wobbegong is found in the northwest Pacific off Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan (Province of China), and Viet Nam, at depths of 1-200 m. Its preferred habitats are tropical inshore rocky and coral reef areas. The Japanese Wobbegong (Orectolobus japonicus) is caught in bottom set gillnets in Japan and used for human consumption. It may also be taken in China, Taiwan (Province of China), Korea and Viet Nam, but no data are currently available to determine catch levels or population trends. Despite these threats, insufficient information is currently available to assess this species beyond Data Deficient. Its distribution in areas historically and presently exploited by trawl fisheries is of concern, particularly as declines have been observed in other wobbegong species where they are heavily fished. Further investigation into threats, population numbers, catch levels and its life-history is required.
|Range Description:||Northwest Pacific: off Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan (Province of China), and Viet Nam (Compagno 2001). Records of this species from the Philippines possibly refer to another, undescribed species of wobbegong and require verification (Compagno et al. 2005).|
China; Japan; Korea, Democratic People's Republic of; Korea, Republic of; Taiwan, Province of China; Viet Nam
|FAO Marine Fishing Areas:|
Pacific – northwest; Pacific – western central
|♦ Lower depth limit (metres):||200|
|♦ Upper depth limit (metres):||1|
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