I expect that marine biologists research and care for marine animals at many fascinating places. That has to be interesting, but I suppose sometimes boring, too. But that it pays to wander about fish markets is new to me.

But it is only logical, since there are many more fishermen more often at sea than marine biologists are, that new fish species turn up at fish markets. Just like the Indonesian wobbegong (Orectolobus leptolineatus), first found at Indonesian fish markets.

Orectolobus leptolineatus, Unterwasseraufnahme in der Nähe von Alor (Indonesien).
Von prilfish from Vienna, Austria – Wobbegong Shark, CC BY 2.0, Link

Since there are other wobbegong species like the Japanese wobbegong, there was confusion at first, and this new species was not confirmed until 2010. The Orectolobus leptolineatus (leptolineatus means thin lines) is named after its camouflaging pattern on its skin. Like all wobbegongs, the Indonesian wobby has a broad and flattened body and is ovoviviparous (one pregnant female has been found with four embryos in its womb). Unlike other wobbegongs, it seems to prefer deeper colder water (where it has been caught with long-lines) in the Western Pacific, but has been observed in shallow water off Bali, too, where cold-water upwelling is common.

Sources: here and here

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