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Threat Level: medium
The Bahamas Sawshark is also known
as American Sawshark.
- BAHAMAS SAWSHARK
Scientific Name....Pristiophorus Schroederi
- General Information: There are 5 species of
sawsharks and the bahamas sawshark is one of them. Sawsharks are
often confused with sawfishes, which are rays. They are named
for their most prominent feature which is an extremely long, narrow
saw-like snout with a pair of barbels. The bahamas sawshark has
a slender body with two dorsal fins opposite of free rear tips
of pectoral fins, with five gill slits on the sides of the body.
- Size: Maximum size for a bahamas sawshark is
three feet. There extremely long narrow snout is 31 to 32% of
- Teeth: The saw is flat and armed with pointed
teeth that grow out of each side of the saw snout. There are approximately
13 to 14 teeth on either side, the mouth itself has tiny teeth.
- Feeding Habits: Not much is known about their
diet except that small fishes, mollusks and squids are part of
it.The pair of barbells help them to feel for food on the bottom.
- Social Behaviour: Unknown
- Habitat | Migration | Distribution: Bahamas
sawsharks are found in Western Central Atlantic: Bahamas region
between Cuba, Florida, and Bahamas.
Occuring on or near the bottom over continental shelves and insular
- Reproduction: Little is known but probably
- Bahamas Sawshark Attacks: Harmless, but will
strike if their snout is handled.
- Population Report: Unknown
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