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Zebra shark - Deep sea animal

Written By Mahdi e on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 | 1:46:00 AM


Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Subclass Elasmobranchii
Order Orectolobiformes
Family Stegostomatidae
Genus Stegostoma
Species S. fasciatum


The zebra shark is a species of carpet shark and the sole member of the family Stegostomatidae. It is found throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific, frequenting coral reefs and sandy flats to a depth of 62 m (210 ft).
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 a pattern of dark spots on a pale background.
Young zebra sharks under 50–90 cm (20–35 in) long have a completely different pattern, consisting of light vertical stripes on a brown background, and lack the ridges. This species attains a length of 2.5 m (8.2 ft).
During the day, zebra sharks are sluggish and usually found resting on the sea bottom, sometimes using their pectoral fins to prop up the front part of their bodies and facing into the current with their mouths open to facilitate respiration.

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4 comments:

  1. good posting about Zebra shark - Deep sea animal

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  2. I guys,

    Check the Sharks page at
    http://skaphandrus.com/en/marine_species/class/Elasmobranchii
    a comprehensive catalogue of marine species to sea lovers.

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  3. Zebra Shark has large pectoral fins, two close-set, dorsal fins and a very long caudal fin that lacks a ventral lobe. :D

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