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Zebra shark

Stegostoma fasciatum

Description:

Adults have five longitudinal ridges on a whole body, a low caudal fin over almost half the animal length, and a pattern of dark spots on a pale background. Young zebra sharks under 50–90 cm have a completely different pattern, consisting of light vertical stripes on a brown background, and lack the ridges. They grow to the lenght about 2.5 m

Habitat:

Found this one on the swiming near to the reef at the depth of aboot 10-12 meters.

Notes:

Zebra shark is taken commercialy by fisherman across most of its range. Other threats is degradation of their coral reef habitat by human development, and by destructive fishing practices such as dynamiting or poisoning. As a result, the World Conservation Union has assessed this species as Vulnerable.

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11 Comments

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 2 years ago

Congratulations to you Marek & your magnificent shark !

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 2 years ago

Beautiful series, congratulations Marek!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Good one Marek. Excellent SOTD.

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 2 years ago

Congrats on the spotting! This is sa-weet.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

Gorgeous. Congrats, Marek.

Beautiul series Marek,congrats on the well deserved SOD and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 2 years ago

Congratulations Marek, your beautiful Zebra Shark is our Spotting of the Day!

"A beautiful Zebra Shark (Stegostoma fasciatum) swims close to shallow reef in our Spotting of the Day! Also known as Leopard Shark, this species has distinctive dark leopard-like spots as an adult. Juveniles are distinguished from adults by their markings of narrow white stripes and blotches, from which the alternative common name of Zebra Shark originates. The Zebra sharks is taken by commercial fisheries across most of its range, and is susceptible to localized depletion. It is also threatened by degradation to coral reef habitats. Because of this it is classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. More information here: https://buff.ly/2xa92jk "

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Marek Koszorek
Marek Koszorek 2 years ago

Thank you for a nomination :)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 2 years ago

Lovely and peaceful ! I hope they get some protection.

AshleyT
AshleyT 2 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Beautiful spotting Marek.

Marek Koszorek
Spotted by
Marek Koszorek

จังหวัดพังงา, Thailand

Spotted on Feb 9, 2017
Submitted on Oct 9, 2017

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