Pristis zijsron Bleeker, 1851
Longcomb sawfish
Pristis zijsron
photo by Pillon, R.

Family:  Pristidae (Sawfishes)
Max. size:  730 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 0 - 5 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Persian Gulf (Ref. 68964), Red Sea and East Africa to Papua New Guinea, north to southern China, south to New South Wales, Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dark grey to blackish brown above, white to yellowish below (Ref. 11228).
Biology:  Inshore and intertidal species known to enter freshwater in some areas (Ref. 9859). Found in shallow bays, estuaries, and lagoons (Ref. 11228). Often on the bottom with its saw elevated at an angle to the body axis (Ref. 9859). Feeds on fishes and shellfishes (Ref. 58784). Ovoviviparous (Ref. 50449). Flesh considered tasty (Ref. 11228).
IUCN Red List Status: Critically Endangered(A2cd) (Ref. 115185)
Threat to humans:  traumatogenic
Country info:  Specimen taken from Zamboanga, Mindanao, SU 40862. Uncertain conservation status, likely to have declined (Ref. 47737).

Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 21.04.93
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 03.11.11
Checked by: Compagno, Leonard J.V. - 05.10.95

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