Zebra Shark / Leopard Shark

  • Scientific Name: Stegostoma Varium
  • Family: Stegostomatidae
  • Origin: tropical Western Pacific and Indian oceans, usually found near coral reefs
  • Size: Zebra Shark adults can grow to 11.5 feet (354 cm) but are more common in the 5-8 foot (150-250 cm) range.
  • Temperature: 26°C – 29°C (78°F – 84°F)
  • PH – 8.1 to 8.4
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  • Scientific Name: Stegostoma Varium
  • Family: Stegostomatidae
  • Origin: tropical Western Pacific and Indian oceans, usually found near coral reefs
  • Size: Zebra Shark adults can grow to 11.5 feet (354 cm) but are more common in the 5-8 foot (150-250 cm) range.
  • Temperature: 26°C – 29°C (78°F – 84°F)
  • PH – 8.1 to 8.4
  • Specific Gravity (Salinity) – 1.020 to 1.025
  • Aquarium Size (Minimum) – 1515 litres (400 gallons)
  • Appearance (Physical Description) – Adults have a cylindrical body with a broad head and small mouth. Prominent longitudinal ridges run down their dorsal surface and on the flanks. A ‘face’ is formed on the ventral side of the head by the blunt snout, prominent nares, a small transverse mouth, and short barbels at the front of the snout. Grooves connect the nares to the mouth. There are five gill slits. The caudal fin is almost as long as the body. It has a deep terminal notch but the lower lobe is only slightly notched. There are two dorsal fins immediately adjacent to each other with the first much larger than the second. The large pectoral fins are very rounded.Juveniles are dark brown or blackish with narrow pale yellow or white vertical bars and/or spots. They change coloration when they are 50 to 70 cm (20 to 27 in) in length. At this time they begin to develop their adult features. Their body ridges start to form and their bars fade, becoming black dots or open dark circles on a yellow to cream or light gray background, the adult coloration..
  • Diet –invertebrates such as snails, shrimp, crabs, sea urchins and small fishes.
  • Feeding Frequency – Feed this species at night.
  • Difficulty to keep – easy to keep but it gets much too large for most home aquariums
  • Captive Breeding – Unlikely

Overview:

The Zebra Shark, also known as the Leopard Shark or Stegostoma Fasciatum, is a very interesting shark. Many have even been able to witness this creature first hand as many public aquariums have them in captivity.

This shark actually changes in appearance over its lifetime. Juveniles have stripes on their skin (hence the name “zebra”). But as they become adults, their skin becomes more spotted (hence the name “leopard”).