Stegostoma fasciatum   (Hermann,  1783) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Elasmobranchii

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Max. size: possible 354 cm, most adults smaller.

Color: A strongly marked color pattern, changing with growth. Young below 60 cm have the back dark brown or blackish, with vertical yellow bars, spots and reticulations, and the underside of the head, abdomen and tail whitish, but in subadults and adults the dark areas break up into scattered dark spots on a yellowish background, shading into the whitish ventral surface.

A large shark. Head with 5 small slits, the last 3 behind pectoral fin origin and the last 2 very close to each other; no gillrakers; nostrils close to front of snout, with short barhels and nasoral grooves connecting them with the mouth but without circumnasial grooves; no nictitating lower eyelids; snout very short, broad and bluntly rounded; mouth short, nearly transverse, and far forward on head, well in front of eyes; teeth small, poorly differentiated in different regions of the mouth, with moderately long medial cusps and short cusplets on sides. Two dorsal fins, the base of the first extending forward of pelvic fin origins as a low keel that reaches level of pectoral fin bases but with insertion posterior to pelvic fin origins; second dorsal fin half the size of first or less; anal fin present, rounded but not keel-shaped, with its origin under rear third of second dorsal fin base; caudal fin nearly or quite half of total length, strongly asymmetrical, with a deep subterminal notch but with the lower lobe hardly developed. Caudal peduncle not strongly depressed, without lateral keels or precaudal pits, but with dermal ridges extending forward onto sides. Intestinal valve of ring type.

Dioecious, internal (oviduct) fertilization, nonguarders, open water/substratum egg scatterers. Oviparous. Egg cases are large, dark brown or purplish black, with longitudinal striations. Size at birth 20-26 cm TL.

Synonym (s)
Scyllia quinquecornuatum van Hasselt, 1823
(Junior synonym)
Scyllium heptagonum Ruppell, 1837
(Junior synonym)
Squalus cirrosus Gronow, 1854
(Junior synonym)
Squalus fasciatus Hermann, 1783
(Senior synonym)
Squalus longicaudus Gmelin, 1789
(Junior synonym)
Squalus pantherinus Kuhl & van Hasselt, 1852
(Ambiguous synonym)
Squalus tigrinus Forster, 1781
(Ambiguous synonym)
Squalus varius Seba, 1759
(Ambiguous synonym)
Stegostoma carinatum Blyth, 1847
(Junior synonym)
Stegostoma tigrinum (Forster, 1781)
(Ambiguous synonym)
Stegostoma tigrinum naucum Whitley, 1939
(Junior synonym)
Stegostoma varium (Seba, 1759)
(Junior synonym)
Stegostoma varium Garman, 1913
(Junior synonym)
Stegostoma fasciata (Hermann, 1783)
Stegostoma fasciaturn (Hermann, 1783)
Stegostoma fasciatus (Hermann, 1783)
Stegostoma varius Garman, 1913
Squalus tygrinus Bonnaterre, 1788
Stegastoma fasciatum (Hermann, 1783)
Stegastoma varium Garman, 1913
Stegostoma tigrinurn (Forster, 1781)
Stegostoma tigrinus (Forster, 1781)

Common Name (s)
• Leopard Shark (English)
• Zebra Shark (English)
• Coruhgun Sorrah (English)
• Variegated Shark (English)
• Magara (Gujarati)
• Musia (Gujarati)
• Shinawala (Gujarati)
• Zebra Sravu (Malayalam)
• Poochasurav (Malayalam)
• Shinvala (Marathi)
• Shinavla (Marathi)
• Korangum Sorrah (Tamil)
• Komarasi Sorrah (Tamil)
• Corungum Sorrah (Tamil)
• Orookoolti Orah (Telugu)
• Potrava (Telugu)
• Pollee Makum (Telugu)
• Komrasi (Telugu)
• Corootoolti Sorrah (Telugu)
• Monkey-mouth (English)
• Nurse shark (English)
• Sea tiger (English)
• Tiger shark (English)
• Tiburon acebrado (English)
• Hark with tiger-like spots (English)
• Tiburon acebrado (English)
• Oorookoolti sorrah (Tamil)
• Kongarasi (Telugu)
• Shinwala (Gujarati)
• Choti mushi (Marathi)
• Corungun Sorrah (Malayalam)
• Pallee Makum (Tamil)
• Komarasi (Tamil)
• Orookoolti Sorrah (Tamil)
• Siga Sorrah (Tamil)
• Dhall Magar (Telugu)
• Poochasura (Oriya)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial, Dangers
(The fish is utilized for its meat, liver (for vitamins), fins (for shark soup) and offal (for fish meal)
Traumatogenic )

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Mollusks, small bony fishes, crustaceans (crabs and shrimps) and sea snakes
IUCN Status:  Vulnerable


• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• West Bengal, Digha Coast (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA
• Red Sea
• Arabian Sea
• Persian Gulf
• Kerala, Kochi INDIA (Record: 2000-2002)
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Palk Bay INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 92.16) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 13.75) (Long: 94.25) INDIA

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