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Sawfish

Sawfish

Introduction Sawfish belongs to the family of Pristidae. They belong to the family of rays and sharks. The Sawfish are related are found in Australia in freshwater rivers and creeks. It has a saw like rostrum or bill, which makes it a very distinctive creature when compared to others. These sawfish bill or rostrum help them to dig the buried crustaceans and helps it to protect themselves from predators. They have denticles on their rostrum. Its rostrum gives it the most striking appearance. These fishes have a flat head and body and they like to spend most of their time just lying on the sea floor. Moreover, sawfish are peaceful and gentle creatures. They are hunted for their rostrum, fins and liver oil. Their fins are eaten as a delicate recipes and liver oil is used for medicine.

Sawfish Habitat These Sawfish are slow in their behavior. This fish most often rest on the muddy bottoms in shallow water. Sawfish are found in the tropical areas of the Indo-Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean. They can be found in both freshwater and saltwater.

Sawfish Facts

  • It has motion sensitive pores on its rostrum
  • The seven species of sawfish has been known
  • These species are in the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) red list of endangered species
  • The sawfish have low reproductive rate
  • There is game on the name of this fish known as sawfish lagoon. These sawfish lagoon is an interesting game to play.
  • Sawfish Varieties

    Green Sawfish (Pristis zijsron):
    The green sawfish has flattened body like a shark. They grow up to a size of 730 cm. They are found in mud and sand near bays and lagoons.

    Small Tooth Sawfish (Pristis pectinata):
    Small Tooth Sawfish also belongs to the family of Pristidae. They are found in tropical and sub-tropical shallow waters of the Atlantic and Mediterranean. They can grow up to a size of 7.6 meters. They are in the red list of endangered species.

    Knifetooth Sawfish (Anoxypristis cuspidata):
    Knifetooth Sawfish are found in the shallow coastal waters of Indo-West Pacific. They have a narrow rostrum with numerous denticles on it. They grow up to a size of 4.7 meters.

    Dwarf Sawfish (Pristis clavata):
    Dwarf sawfish is commonly known as Queensland sawfish and belongs to the family of Pristidae. They are found in tropical Australia and can grow up to a size of 1.4 meters. It is the smallest species of its family and is included in the IUCN red list of endangered species.

    Common Sawfish (Pristis pristis):
    Common sawfish belongs to the family of Pristidae. They are normally found in the tropical and subtropical parts of the northern Australia, eastern Pacific and Mediterranean. It grows up to a size of 7.5 meters. These species are in the IUCN red list of endangered species.

    Conclusion The sawfish are very peaceful creature. They are on the threshold of extinction as they are being hunted for their rostrum, fins and liver oil. Therefore, efforts should be made to conserve this fish.