Endangered Florida Fish
To begin: what is a Fish?
A fish is an aquatic
vertebrate (has a backbone)
that is cold blooded, has
fins, breathes through gills
and may be covered with
One of two in the US, the Endangered Smalltooth
was added to the ESA in 2003 and is its only
This species, which historically evolved from
now more closely resembles the Rays and can
primarily in the shallow waters of Coastal
Photo credit: David Iliff
Sawfish numbers have rapidly declined due to the
overfishing and entrapments in nets and
Another important factor in their decline,
is their difficulty in reproducing.
Sadly this rare species has been, like African
killed for a body part to be hung on a wall by hunters.
It is now illegal to take one or harm a Smalltooth
as they are
A newborn Smalltooth Sawfish, about 2.5 feet long
But, their numbers have been reduced by 99%.
Can they recover?
Is it too late?
Only time will tell.
In the meantime, here is a YouTube of them
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Places to learn more:
Defenders of Wildlife
Environment News Service
Florida Fish Expert Tries to Save Last Sawfish
Smalltooth Sawfish Species Profile
Florida Museum of Natural
IUCN Red List
Mote Marine Laboratory
News Update for Sawfish
EBay Bans Sale of Endangered Sawfish
Sawfish First Sea Fish on U.S. Endangered List
Smalltooth Sawfish - Endangered
Sharks Face Extinction
Sharks in Peril
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Decline in Florida's Reef Fish
Smithsonian Marine Station - Ft.
University of Florida
the Smalltooth Sawfish
UF Museum of Natural History
Walking with the Alligators
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