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on October 12, 2012

Like other bottom-dwelling sharks, the zebra shark can pump water over its gills.

Design

Zebra Shark

Like other bottom-dwelling sharks, the zebra shark can pump water over its gills. This ability was a provision within this creature’s original created kind.

Features

  • This shark is cylindrical with a long tail and broad head.
  • Its gray body is covered with dark brown spots.
  • The young zebra shark has stripes and a darker body. As it grows, the zebra shark loses its stripes and develops spots.

Fun Facts

  • The zebra shark is oviparous. The pups hatch from eggs that are left on rocks at the bottom of reefs.
  • This shark’s tail is sometimes as long as, if not longer than, its body, and it lacks a distinct lower lobe.
  • This shark is commonly, and incorrectly, referred to as a leopard shark because of the pattern of leopard-like spots that develop with maturity.

CLASS: Chondrichthyes (cartilaginous fish—sharks, skates, and rays)
ORDER: Orecctolobiformes (carpet sharks)
FAMILY: Stegastomatidae (zebra sharks)
GENUS/SPECIES: Stegastoma fasciatum (or Stegostoma varium)

Size: 8–10 ft (2.4–3 m)
Depth: Up to 203 ft (62 m)
Diet: Mollusks and crustaceans
Habitat: Indian Ocean, west Pacific Ocean; abundant in Australian coastal waters

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