Sawfishes: Smalltooth Sawfish

Pristis pectinata

SMALLTOOTH SAWFISH
Pristis pectinata

 

Identification
The prominent teeth make this ray easy to identify. Usually 22-29 unpaired teeth on each side of the rostrum or 'saw' (hence the name 'sawfish').

Habitat
Found most commonly in shallow coastal waters but reported as deep as 400 feet; juveniles prefer shallow coastal waters including estuaries and adults are most often found in deeper water.

Feeding
Feeds primarily on fishes.

Reproduction
Aplacental viviparity. Up to 20 young per brood.

Size/Age
Maximum length up to 18 feet.

Human Factors
Protected by the State of Florida and the U.S. federal government under the Endangered Species Act. Non-aggressive species. Sometimes caught on hook and line by fishers that target sharks, tarpon, snook, and redfish. Should be handled with care and released unharmed.

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