Stegostoma fasciatum (Hermann, 1783)

Stegostoma fasciatum
Stegostoma fasciatum
Ian Shaw
Saturday, 7 May 2016
Nth Solitary Island
Common name: Zebra Shark

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

 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.