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Warty stonefish

Warty stonefish

Blackspotted puffer

Blackspotted puffer

Red lionfish

Red lionfish

Brownbanded bambooshark

Brownbanded bambooshark

Orange-dotted tuskfish

Orange-dotted tuskfish

Short-tail nurse shark

Short-tail nurse shark

Facts

LatinPseudoginglymostoma brevicaudatum
Size75 cm
FoodFish and crustaceans
HabitatCoral reefs
IUCN

Vulnerable

LocationKenya, Tanzania and Madagascars coasts
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What's that on the skin of the shark?

The sharks in this aquarium have an ID tag in their skin. This way, the animals can be recognized individually. This species is not particularly well described in nature. Therefore, biologists have been observing the behavior of National Aquarium Denmark's short-tailed nurse sharks. For the study it was importent to recognize each individual.

Sharp teeth

Short-tailed nurse sharks hunt at night at the coral reefs. When prey is detected, it's importent to grab a hold before the chance is missed. The small saw-like teeth are evolved to grab slippery fish. If the prey is to big to swallow whole, the shark can rip the prey apart with their sharp teeth.


The small mouths

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Coral reef

Small fish

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