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LEOPARD SHARK

Order: Carcharhiniformes Family: Triakidae Genus: Triakis Species: semifasciata
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Christian Sutherland

on 23 April 2010

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Transcript of LEOPARD SHARK

LEOPARD SHARK TAXONOMY OMG HABITAT
DISTRIBUTION DISTINGUISHING
FEATURES FOOD LIFE
HISTORY RELIVANCE
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HUMANS TEST
QUESTION BIBLIOGRAPHY Triakis
Semifasciatum "Triakis" translated as three pointed, referring to this shark's three pointed teeth "Semifasciata" means half-banded, describing the distinctive markings Commonly found in sandy or muddy bays and estuaries. Usualy found in 20 feet or less of water Broad and short snout Covered with dark stripes and splotches Varies in color from silver to bronzed gray Maainly feed on benthic invertebrates and small fish Invertebrates; as crabs, shrimp, octopi Fish; shiner perch, bat rays and a variety of fish eggs Commercial and sport fishermen catch the leopard shark. It is a primary food source, and is sold both fresh and frozen. Found in the Eastern Pacific Ocean from Oregon to the Gulf of California in Mexico Delius, Bryan. "LEOPARD SHARK." Ichthyology. Florida Museum of Natural History, 2010. Web. 22 April, 2010 Keep eggs inside bodies until they hatch Give birth to litters of 4 to 33 pups As the shark gets older, it starts eating more fish Usually about 10 years old when they have first litter Leopard sharks store oil in their livers. The oil helps to counterbalance the shark’s weight, so they usually remain slightly less buoyant than the water around them. Because of this, they tend to sink whenever they’re not swimming. Leopard sharks are made to feed on the bottom How do Leoperd Sharks give birth? How many sharks are there in each litter?
Keep eggs inside bodies until they hatch;
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