Facts about Zebra Bullhead Shark, "Scientific name for Zebra Bullhead Shark is Heterodontus zebra". The Zebra Bullhead Shark is a darkly striped member of the bullhead shark family. The formal species name is Heterodontus zebra. Its species is part of the larger Heterodontidae family. The species is part of a genus containing seven other species, most of which are bottom dwelling like the Zebra bullhead shark. The term bullhead comes from the large head with a heavy brow bone over each eye. It has dark vertical stripes on light brown skin, giving rise to the term “zebra”.
The Zebra Bullhead Shark lives in the subtropical western Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean. It lives in shallow island shelves and the continental shelf around northern Australia and east Asia. Zebra Bullhead Shark usually lives in waters 150 feet (45.72 meters) deep but inhabits depths of up to 600 feet (182.88) around Australia.
The Zebra Bullhead Shark grow up to four feet (1.22 meters) long. They have a small mouth with flat hind teeth that can crush mollusk shells. The Zebra Bullhead Shark feed on shellfish, mollusks, invertebrates like shrimp and the occasional small fish.
The zebra bullhead shark lays eggs in spiral shaped clusters. The precise number per clutch isn’t known. The Zebra Bullhead Shark pups that emerge are around six inches (15.2 cm) long. The males are mature when they reach two to three feet (.60 to .91 meters) of length.
This Zebra Bullhead Shark species hasn’t been well studied, and much of the information about it is inferred from other bullhead shark species. Unlike many other shark species, the Zebra Bullhead Shark species is not even considered threatened. In its range, it is plentiful. Zebra bullhead sharks are not intentionally caught for food or shark fin soup, a dish that at a hundred dollars a serving is driving other shark species to extinction. The Zebra Bullhead Shark are sometimes caught in the by-catch of bottom trawlers, and they are affected by the degradation of the reef habitat.
The Zebra Bullhead shark doesn’t survive well in aquariums like other members of the Heterodontus family.
There are over 400 types of sharks, Sharks have the most powerful jaws on on earth. Zebra Bullhead Sharks jaws, both the upper and lower jaws move. Zebra Bullhead Sharks skin is made of denticles instead of scales like other fish. The denticles are constructed like hard, sharp teeth (tooth-like projection) and this helps to protect the Zebra Bullhead Shark from being injury. The Zebra Bullhead Shark is carnivores meaning: an animal that feeds on flesh (Meat).