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  Zebra Shark (Stegostoma fasciatum)





Zebra Shark | Stegostoma fasciatum photo
Zebra Shark photographed at Underwater World aquarium at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.

Zebra Shark | Stegostoma fasciatum photo
A Leopard Shark (Stegostoma fasciatum) with attendant Slender Suckerfish (Echeneis naucrates) and juvenile Golden Trevally (Gnathanodon speciosus). Yongala Wreck, Great Barrier Reef

Image by Richard Ling - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



ZEBRA SHARK FACTS

Description
The Leopard Shark is a slow swimming shark seen around coral reefs. It has cylindrical body with prominent ridges on the sides. The head is flattened and cone shaped. The tail is about half of the total length. The body is pale brown with dark brown spots. Juveniles are striped black and white.

Other Names
Leopard Shark

Size
1.2m - 2.5m long. Can grow to 3.5,

Food
gastropods, molluscs, crabs, shrimp, small fish

Breeding
It is an egg layer and lays large dark-coloured egg cases on the sea floor. The egg case is about 17cm long, and young are about 20cm - 25cm when they hatch.



Classification
Class:Chondrichthyes
Order:Orectolobiformes
Family:Stegostomatidae
Genus:Stegostoma
Species:fasciatum
Common Name:Zebra Shark