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Smalltooth Sawfish
Smalltooth Sawfish
Photo credit: Andy Murch

 

Smalltooth Sawfish
Pristis pectinata

 

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 scales.


 

One of two in the US, the Endangered Smalltooth Sawfish

was added to the ESA in 2003 and is its only marine animal.

 

This species, which historically evolved from Sharks,

 now more closely resembles the Rays and can be found

primarily in the shallow waters of Coastal Florida.

Smalltooth Sawfish
Smalltooth Sawfish
Photo credit: David Iliff

 

Sawfish numbers have rapidly declined due to the usual,

 overfishing and entrapments in nets and lines.

Another important factor in their decline,

is their difficulty in reproducing.

Smalltooth Sawfish
Smalltooth Sawfish
Photo credit: Andy Murch

 

Sadly this rare species has been, like African Elephants,

killed for a body part to be hung on a wall by hunters.

It is now illegal to take one or harm a Smalltooth Sawfish,

 as they are finally protected.

Newborn Smallttoth Sawfish
A newborn Smalltooth Sawfish, about 2.5 feet long
Photo credit: Gregg Poulakis/FFWCC

 

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 to enjoy:

Smalltooth Sawfish

 

The use of this sign kindly permitted by: Gregg Poulakis/FFWCC

 


Places to learn more:

 

Defenders of Wildlife

Smalltooth Sawfish

 

Elasmodiver

Smalltooth Sawfish

 

Environment News Service

Florida Fish Expert Tries to Save Last Sawfish

 

FFWCC

General Information

Sawfish

Smalltooth Sawfish Species Profile

 

Florida Museum of Natural History

Sawfish

Sawfish Links

Sawfish News

Smalltooth Sawfish

 

IUCN Red List

Smalltooth Sawfish

 

Lab Spaces

Endangered Sawfish

 

Mote Marine Laboratory

News Update for Sawfish

 

MSNBC

EBay Bans Sale of Endangered Sawfish

 

National Geographic

Sawfish First Sea Fish on U.S. Endangered List

 

NOAA

Smalltooth Sawfish

Smalltooth Sawfish - Endangered

 

Ocean Conservancy

Smalltooth Sawfish

 

Science Daily

Endangered Billfish

Endangered Sawfish

Sharks Face Extinction

Sharks in Peril

 

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Decline in Florida's Reef Fish

 

Smithsonian Marine Station - Ft. Pierce

Smalltooth Sawfish

 

University of Florida

Conserving the Smalltooth Sawfish

UF Museum of Natural History

Sawfish Questions

 


 

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