The zebra shark (Stegostoma fasciatum) is a variety of carpet shark as well as the sole member of the family Stegostomatidae. It is found throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific, often visiting reef and also sandy apartments to a deepness of 62 m (203 feet).
Grown-up zebra sharks are unique in appearance, with 5 longitudinal ridges on a round body, a reduced caudal fin making up almost half the complete size, as well as a pattern of dark areas on a pale history.
Youthful zebra sharks under 50 – 90 centimeters (20 – 35 in) long have an entirely various pattern, containing light vertical stripes on a brown history, as well as do not have the ridges. This types achieves a size of 2.5 m (8.2 feet).
Zebra sharks are nocturnal as well as invest most of the day resting motionless on the sea floor. At night, they actively search for molluscs, crustaceans, small bony fishes, and perhaps sea serpents inside holes as well as holes in the coral reef.
Though solitary for the majority of the year, they create huge seasonal gatherings. The zebra shark is oviparous: females generate a number of loads large egg pills, which they secure to underwater frameworks via sticky tendrils.
Innocuous to humans and also hardy in captivity, zebra sharks are prominent topics of ecotourism dives as well as public fish tank.
The Globe Conservation Union has actually assessed this species as Endangered worldwide, as it is taken by business fisheries throughout a lot of its variety (other than off Australia) for meat, fins, as well as liver oil. There is proof that its numbers are diminishing.