Pristis clavata Garman, 1906
Dwarf sawfish
Pristis clavata
photo by FAO

Family:  Pristidae (Sawfishes)
Max. size:  318 cm TL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 34 years
Environment:  demersal; depth range 1 - 20 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: tropical Australia, possibly more widely distributed. A nominal record from the Canary Islands may not be this species, but the sketchily known Pristis pristis from the eastern Atlantic is similar and needs comparison to determine if the two species are distinct.
Diagnosis:  Greenish brown, rarely yellowish; white ventrally; fins paler. Body shark-like, pectoral fins distinct; head flattened, with a blade-like snout bearing 18-22 pairs of lateral teeth; blade broad, not tapering distally. Nostrils broad with large nasal flaps. Rostral teeth slender, with a groove along posterior margins; teeth reaching basal quarter of blade. Skin with denticles.
Biology:  Inshore and intertidal species found in estuaries and on tidal mudflats (Ref. 9859). Ascends brackish areas of rivers (Ref. 9859). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 50449). Biology little known (Ref. 9859). Flesh may be good to eat (Ref. 6871).
IUCN Red List Status: Endangered(A2cd) (Ref. 115185)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 12.10.95
Modified by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 16.10.17

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