Zebra Shark

Zebra Shark, X-Large: over 20-26″, $450.00
Zebra Shark, XX-Large: over 26-32″ $500.00
Zebra Shark, Show: over 32″ $650.00

Scientific Name: Stegostoma fasciatum
Reef Compatible: No
Care Level: Expert-only
Disposition: Aggressive
Min. Tank Size: 1500 gallons
Mature Size: 93 inches
Diet: Carnivore



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Zebra Shark For Sale

Zebra Shark, Zebra sharks are gentle fish that hang around coral reefs in tropical oceans. They spend their days sleeping and their evenings leisurely hunting around the sea floor and eating. Because of climate change and human activity, zebra shark numbers are in free fall. A worldwide effort is underway to save them, and there are small things we can all do to support their survival.

Five Fascinating Zebra Shark Facts

  • For years, a population of zebra sharks has been gathering at an annual summer summit that continues to mystify scientists to this day.
  • Female zebra sharks don’t need men to reproduce. They can do it on their own!
  • People often confuse leopard sharks and zebra sharks.
  • The longest zebra shark ever recorded was 11 feet long.
  • Zebra sharks are incredibly flexible and slim and can forage in narrow crevices.

Z – Shark Scientific Name

The proper scientific name for zebra sharks is like the tastes-great-vs-less-filling beer debate of the marine taxonomy world. The majority of scientists use Stegostoma fasciatum. However, another school of thought believes Stegostoma varium is the right choice. A 2019 taxonomic review complicated matters when it concluded that Stegostoma tigrinum is the correct term.

Stegostoma is a portmanteau (word made up of two other words) of the Greek words “stego” and “stoma,” meaning “covered” and “mouth,” respectively. Fasciatum also derives from Greek and means “banded,” a reference to baby zebra sharks’ stripes.


Zebra sharks have flat heads with itty-bitty eyes on either side, short snout mouths jammed with 50 to 65 teeth, and cylindrical bodies that can twist and turn like an acrobat. They typically grow to a length of 2.5 meters (8.2 feet), and the current record for the longest adult is 3.5 meters (11 feet) — twice the height of actor Danny Devito!

At birth, zebra sharks sport dark brown skin on top, yellowish bellies, and vertical yellow stripes. As they grow, the stripes separate into spots. Marine biologists believe the stripes serve as camouflage for the newborns.

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