Stegostoma fasciatum 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.
Conservation status: Vulnerable (Population decreasing)
S. fasciatum is considered a “lazy shark” since it lays on the seafloor and only swims when hunting.
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.
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