Longcomb Sawfish Pristis zijsron is a sawfish of the family Pristidae. These incredibly unique…

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Longcomb Sawfish Pristis zijsron is a sawfish of the family Pristidae. These incredibly unique rays are found in the tropical waters of the West Indo-Pacific, from the Red Sea and East Africa to Papua New Guinea. Sawfish get their name from their elongated, blade-like snout known as a rostrum that has triangular, saw-like teeth on either side.

These animals are found in shallow marine habitats down to a depth of about 5 metres on sandy and muddy seabeds. They can be frequently found in estuaries and can enter rivers. An individual having once been found 150 miles (240 km) inland in the Northern Territory of Australia

The Longcomb Sawfish is listed as Critically Endangered throughout its range by the IUCN Red List. Fishing is the primary threat to these animals. The large, toothed rostrum is easily entangled in fishing nets and other gear. In particular, inshore gillnet and trawl fisheries, which are common and intensive throughout much of the range of Green Sawfish.

This sawfish is listed on Appendix I of CITES, prohibiting trade of these animals worldwide. They are also protected fully by Australia, and educational efforts in areas within their range are proving effective in promoting conservation efforts of the species.

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