Zebra Shark

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Picture of a Zebra Shark

Stegostoma tigrinum the zebra shark is a species of carpet shark. Many people call it Leopard shark due it’s adult pattern, however the name retrieves from the juvenile. Young zebra sharks under 50–90 cm long have a completely different pattern, consisting of light vertical stripes on a dark brown background, and lack the ridges.

The World Conservation Union has assessed this species as Endangered worldwide, as it is taken by commercial fisheries across most of its range (except of Australia) for meat, fins, and liver oil. There is evidence that its numbers are dwindling.

There are 28–33 tooth rows in the upper jaw and 22–32 tooth rows in the lower jaw; each tooth has a large central cusp flanked by two smaller ones

Adult zebra sharks are distinctive in appearance, with five longitudinal ridges on a cylindrical body, a low caudal fin comprising nearly half the total length, and usually a pattern of dark spots on a pale background. This species attains a length of 2.5 m.

On the bottom of the shark you can also see a sucker fish.

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