zebra shark

Scientific name Stegostoma tigrinum
Descriptor Forster
Year of description 1781
IUCN category EN
Family Stegostomatidae
Genus Stegostoma
Stegostoma tigrinum Stegostoma tigrinum

Introduction

Stegostoma tigrinum, commonly known as zebra shark, is a brackish water and salt water fish.

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Who is it?

Morphology

  • Average size
    250 cm
  • Maximum size
    350 cm
  • Longevity
    30 year
  • Mimicry
    sand
  • Pattern
    tasks
  • Average size
    250 cm
  • Maximum size
    350 cm
  • Longevity
    30 year
  • Mimicry
    sand
  • Pattern
    tasks

How to recognize the zebra shark ?

The zebra shark measures between 250 and 350 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly jaune and marron body. The also has marron tasks.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    carnivorous
  • Sociability
    solitary
  • territorial
    No
  • Way of living
    nocturnal

The zebra shark is a fish solitary. This species is carnivorous . This fish lives mainly at night. Usually, it leaves its hiding place and starts to be active once it gets dark.

Although the zebra shark is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.

Reproduction

  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui forme des rubans d'œufs

The zebra shark is a fish ovipare qui forme des rubans d'œufs.

Risks for humans

  • Venomous
    No
  • Bite
    Yes

This species can attack if it feels threatened. It is important to be particularly vigilant especially during dives or fishing sessions.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    26 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 90 m

Biotope presentation

The zebra shark is most often found at a depth between 0m and 90m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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