Sawfishes (Pristiformes) fish profile and information / pictures of Sawfishes - Pristiformes

Sawfishes (Pristiformes) fish profiles

Sawfish information and info on the Pristiformes also known as Sawfishes

Sawfish, also known as the Carpenter Shark, are a family of rays, characterized by a long, toothy nose extension snout. Several species can grow to approximately 7 metres or 23 feet.

The family as a whole is largely unknown and little studied. They are members of the sole living family Pristidae within the order Pristiformes.

They are not to be confused with sawsharks (order Pristiophoriformes), which have a similar appearance.

All species of sawfish are considered Critically Endangered by the IUCN, and the only legal international trade involves live Pristis microdon to appropriate aquaria\ums for primarily conservation purposes.


Families within this order