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Species: Pristiophorus schroederi, Bahamas Saw Shark

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body long, slender
snout v long, flat = slender saw
D1 before pelvics
saw: 13 large teeth before 1 pr barbells, 10 after
5 gill slits, on side



Pristiophorus schroederi Springer & Bullis, 1960

Bahamas Saw Shark

Slender; head greatly depressed and somewhat expanded laterally snout very long, narrow, tapering, concave edges before barbels, greatly flattened, laterally expanded, with close–set lateral and ventral saw-teeth (enlarged skin denticles), 13 large side teeth before barbels & 10 after, juveniles with a small tooth between large teeth, 2 rows of small, slender, widely spaced rows of teeth on underside of snout; a pair of long string–like rostral barbels on the ventral surface before nostrils, midway between mouth and tip of rostrum; eyes dorsolateral on head; spiracles large, just behind at level of eyes; 5 gill slits on sides of head, all before pectoral–fin origins; mouth small, broadly arched and short, extending slightly behind eyes; teeth very small, conical, alike on both jaws; trunk cylindrical, not flattened and ray–like; tail base with long thick lateral dermal ridges; skin denticles covering entire body, close-set or overlapping; pectoral fins moderately large; pelvic fins small, with vent continuous with their inner margins; 2 moderately large, equal sized, spineless dorsal fins, origin of first over abdomen, well before pelvic–fin bases; anal fin absent; tail fin with a long dorsal lobe and no ventral lobe.

Light grey above, whitish below; edges and center of rostrum with dark brown stripes; edge of pectorals light; juveniles with front edge of dorsal fins dark.

Reaches 87 cm

On soft bottoms

Depth range 438-952 m

The Bahamas.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Live birth
  • No pelagic phase
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Bahamas endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 87
Depth Range Min
  • 438
Depth Range Max
  • 952