Stegostoma fasciatum (Hermann, 1783)

Stegostoma fasciatum
Stegostoma fasciatum
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Saturday, 7 May 2016
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
12m
Common name: Zebra Shark
Distribution:

Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Indo-West Pacific region, from the Red Sea and East Africa to New Caledonia, north to southern Japan, south to New South Wales. In Australia recorded from Exmouth in Western Australia, across the tropical north to the Gulf of Carpentaria, Torres Strait south to Sydney in New South Wales.

Ecological Notes:

Frequents sand and rubble bottoms in rocky and coral reef areas. Depth to 60m, usually shallower to 30m.

Additional Notes:

Common in the Solitary Islands Marine Park during periods of warmer water temperatures. See video here courtesy of Tom Mair https://youtu.be/ky9gC1-8H3s

 Sluggish and sometimes easy to approach, believed to be mainly nocturnal. Feeds on molluscs and crustaceans and may bite when provoked. Oviparous, egg cases are large, dark brown to black. Young are 20-26cm at birth, adults up to 3.5m.

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