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Smalltooth Sawfish Pristis pectinata


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Smalltooth Sawfish
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Family: Pristidae, Sawfishes view all from this family

Description The smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata), also known as the wide sawfish, is a sawfish of the family Pristidae, found in shallow tropical and subtropical waters in coastal parts of the Atlantic, including the Mediterranean. Reports from elsewhere are now believed to be misidentifications of other species of sawfish. This critically endangered species reaches a length of up to 7.6 metres (25 ft).

The smalltooth sawfish is ovoviviparous, meaning the mother holds the eggs inside of her until the young are ready to be born, usually in litters of 15 to 20 pups. It inhabits shallow coastal waters of tropical seas and estuaries where it are found over muddy and sandy bottoms. As its relatives, it also enters rivers.

Dimensions Up to 18' (5.5 m).

Warning This species can inflict serious injuries with its teeth if handled.

Habitat Estuaries, tidal flats & salt marshes, Ocean or bay shallows, Rivers & streams.

Range Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Florida, Texas.