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Zebra Shark
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Stegostoma fasciatum
Family Name:
Stegostomatidae
Size:
between 250 and 300cm
Weight:
35 lb (16 kg)
Color:
Greyish brown over entire body, with dark spots in adults
Diet:
Snails, crabs, clams, shrimp, bony fishes
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Zebra Shark

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Zebra Shark Description
  The very distinctive Zebra Shark (Stegostoma fasciatum) cannot be confused with any other animal. It has a tail second in proportional length only to the Thresher Shark. Hard ridges run down the back and flanks. The head is short and rounded with small eyes and a mouth close to the tip of the snout. The dark brown to black juveniles with yellowish white bars and spots gives this shark its common name. As it grows to adulthood the bars are replaced by a mosaic of dark brown spots on a yellowish to dark brown base colour; this coloration gives rise to its other common name, Leopard Shark.  
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