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Zebra Bullhead Shark Pictures
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Zebra bullhead shark,
Barred Bull-head Shark, Barred Shark, Bullhead Shark, Cat Shark,
Little Shark, Striped Bullhead Shark, Striped Cat Shark, Zebra Horn Shark, Zebra
Port Jackson Shark.
crests (brow bones). Body white to grey/tan with bold black and brown zebra-like
stripes. Stripes on
juveniles may be reddish.
Continental and insular shelves from inshore down to
50m. In southern range (Australia) from 150-200m.
East Asia: Japan, Korea, Taiwan and
China down to Vietnam. Also Sulawesi in Indonesia and continental shelf off of
Lays a distinctive auger shaped egg case like all bullhead/horn sharks.
However, the egg case of the zebra bullhead shark is far less twisted and has
very short filaments.
Status: Least Concern. According to the IUCN, the
zebra bullhead shark is a wide-ranging and apparently common shallow-water
Western Pacific species. Although of little interest to commercial fisheries,
Heterondontus zebra is caught as bycatch of demersal trawlers and possibly
other fisheries, and could be under some threat from destructive fishing
practices and habitat degradation in Indonesia. However, this species is common
within its range, is probably relatively fecund (an oviparous species) and is
assessed as Least Concern because there seem to be no major threats to its
populations at the present time.
bullhead shark -
shares the northern range of the zebra bullhead shark but lives in
It also has thin stripes but they
are less numerous and less distinct.
The zebra bullhead shark inhabits depths inaccessible to recreational scuba
divers throughout much of its range.