Pliotrema warreni

REGAN, 1906

Sixgill sawshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Pristiophoriformes Pristiophoridae

Reference of the original description
REGAN, C.T. (1906)
Descriptions of new or little known fishes from the coast of Natal. Annals of the Natal Government Museum, 1 (1): 1–6, pl. 1–5

Image of the original description

Pliotrema warreni REGAN, 1906

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Pliotrema warrei

Pliotrema warreni
Syntype: BMNH: 1905.6.8.9; BMNH: 1899.2.10.4;

Description :

Citation: Pliotrema warreni REGAN, 1906: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 04/2019

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Pliotrema warreni REGAN, 1906, © Ruth Leeney
Common names
deu \(T\) Sägehai, spa Tiburón sierra del Cabo, fra \(T\) Requin scie flutian, fra \(T\) Requin scie flutien, eng Sixgill sawshark

Short Description
The only shark with a saw-snout and 6 pairs of gill slits [536]. Pale brown above, white below (Ref. 6587).

Western Indian Ocean: off Madagascar and from southern Mozambique to Cape Agulhas, South Africa. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: of no interest; gamefish: yes

Ovoviviparous, with 5 to 7 young in a litter (others have 7 to 17 developing eggs). Size at birth about 35 cm. Embryos feed solely on yolk [733]. Feeds on fish, cephalopods, benthic invertebrates and zooplankton [536].

Size / Weight / Age
170 cm TL (male/unsexed; [536])

demersal; marine; depth range 60 - 430 m [536], usually 60 - ? m

shark-references Species-ID=4894;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)