Monday, August 13, 2007


Sawfishes are a family of marine animals related to sharks and rays. Their most striking appearance is a long, toothy snout. They possess a cartilaginous skeleton and no swim bladder. They are the sole family Pristidae of the order Pristiformes, from the Greek and Latin pristis meaning "sawfish" (
They are not to be confused with sawsharks, which have a similar physical appearance.
All species of sawfish are considered endangered, or critically endangered and international trade is banned।

Smalltooth sawfish, Pristis pectinata
Smalltooth sawfish, Pristis pectinata
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Superorder: Batoidea
Order: Pristiformes
Family: Pristidae

See text for species.

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