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Zebra Shark


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Zebra shark (Stegostoma fasciatum) on Ningaloo Reef
Zebra Shark
Stegostoma fasciatum in Aquarium
Zebra Shark (Stegostoma fasciatum)
Zebra shark (Stegostoma fasciatum) off Thailand
The zebra shark is a medium-sized species of shark, that is found in the warmer coastal waters and around tropical coral reefs. Zebra sharks are most commonly found in the Indian and South Pacific oceans.

Zebra sharks can grow to nearly 3 meters in length and can get to be 30 years old in the wild. Zebra sharks that are kept in captivity generally do not exceed 15 years of age. Zebra sharks can be identified by the yellow spots that are present on the back of the zebra shark.

Zebra sharks have a long, flattened body which helps them to remain unnoticed on the seabed. The zebra shark also has a long tail which allows it to be more agile in the water. Zebra sharks move their tails from side to side when they swim, in an eel-like manner.

Zebra sharks are omnivorous animals but tend to have a more meat-based diet. Zebra sharks feed on small fish, crabs, shrimp, snails and other small invertebrates along with squid and sea snakes which they forage for in the coral reefs.

Due to their relatively large size, zebra sharks have few natural predators as they are fairly dominant predators in their environment. Larger species of shark such as tiger sharks and bull sharks are the main predators of the zebra shark, along with humans who hunt them for their meat and fins.

The female zebra shark lays an average of ten large eggs which hatch after an incubation period of around 5 months. The baby zebra sharks are nearly half a meter long when they first hatch.


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Zebra Shark Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Chondrichthyes
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Orectolobiformes
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Stegostomatidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Stegostoma
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Stegostoma Fasciatum
Origin:
The area where the animal first came from...
Indian and Pacific Oceans
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Omnivore
Size:
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
0.6m - 2.5m (2ft - 8.2ft)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
16-20kg (35-44lbs)
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Salt
PH Level:7.8-8.4
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
15-20 years
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Threatened
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Brown, Black, Yellow, White, Grey
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Smooth
Favourite Food:Fish
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Tropical, coastal waters
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
10
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Fish, Crabs, Snails
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Large Sharks, Humans
Special Features:Flattened body shape and long tail fin

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