Pristiophorus delicatus


Tropical sawshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Pristiophoriformes Pristiophoridae

Reference of the original description
YEARSLEY, G.K. & LAST, P.R. & WHITE, W.T. (2008)
A new species of sawshark, Pristiophorus delicatus sp. nov. (Pristiophoriformes: Pristiophoridae), from northeastern Australia. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research Paper, 22: 23-34

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Citation: Pristiophorus delicatus YEARSLEY, LAST & WHITE, 2008: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 12/2014

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Common names
eng Tropical sawshark

Short Description
This small species possess the following characters: nostril to barbel origin is 3.2-3.7 times mouth to nostril; prenasal length 1.7-1.8 times the prebarbel length; preoral length 2.1-2.4 times the interdorsal space; pectoral anterior margin 1.2-1.5 times the dorsal-caudal space; dorsal caudal margin 4.4-5.0 times caudal fin depth; width of mouth 2.7-3.7 times the length spiracle; color dorsally pale to medium yellowish brown, ventrally pale whitish to yellowish; 49-55 monospondylous centra; 50-54 precaudal diplospondylous centra; 149-156 total vertebral centra [3348].

Western Pacific: Australia.

Size / Weight / Age
62.5 cm TL (male/unsexed; [3348]); 84.5 cm TL (female)

pelagic-oceanic; marine; depth range 246 - 405 m [3348]