What am I Photo, Fun and Games V

This is a macro photograph, take a few guess at what it might be. I will post the answer in a couple days!

What am I Photograph.

What am I Photograph.

This is  Zebra Shark also known as an Australian Leopard (Stegostoma fasciatum) up close dermal denticles.

Zebra Shark  (Stegostoma fasciatum)

HABITAT

Tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific.  Usually spotted around coral reefs and sandy flatts with depths up to 70 meters (230 ft).  Prefer shallow water with many places to hide.

BEHAVIOR/DIET

These nocturnal hunters are slow swimmers and use eel like movement to navigate the reef.  With small mouths and strong jaws their main diet consists of crab, mollusk, small bony fish, and shrimp.  Mainly seen pointing toward the natural water flow allowing this water to flow through their gills without any movement.

OFFSPRING

Since they are oviparous, females produce up to 50 egg capsules within a 4 month period. The eggs are fixated onto corals or rocks until the pups hatch.

FUN FACTS

Nicknamed “carpet fish”

Juveniles have stripes and adults have only spots

Can reach between lengths of 2 to 3.5 meters (6.5 to 11.5 ft)

Lifespan from 25-? yrs

Information & Research by Matt Vincent

Related Articles:

https://johnmichaelbullock.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/placoid-scale-also-known-as-dermal-denticles/

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5 responses to “What am I Photo, Fun and Games V

      • I can’t think of any florida sharks that have spots and ridges. maybe a dogfish. whale sharks do but that is not it. not hammer head, not black tip, not bull, not lemon, not bonnet head, not nurse, maybe tiger but their spots are bigger.

      • It’s not native to Florida, but in it’s country leopard is in part of it’s name. Although we already have a leopard shark, and this shark is not born with spots. 🙂

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