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Genus: Pristis, Sawfish, Sawfishes

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snout = large saw





Body depressed at front, shark-like; head, pectorals and front of body in a large diamond shaped disc, ending in an elongate, flattened snout equipped with a row of large, flattened teeth along each side; eyes and spiracles on top of head; mouth wide, underneath; gills under head; 2 large, shark-like, widely separated dorsal fins, 1st over the triangular pelvics; pectorals triangular, attached to rear of head; no anal fin; tail large, stout, fin broad, with at most a tiny lower lobe; body covered with flat denticles.

This circumtropical genus occurs in all three oceans, except for the central Pacific. It may contain as many as six species; two of which occur in our area.