Pristiophorus nudipinnis

Günther, 1870

Shortnose sawshark
Classification: Elasmobranchii Pristiophoriformes Pristiophoridae

Reference of the original description
Günther, A. (1870)
Catalogue of the fishes in the British Museum. London, British Museum(Natural History). Vol. 8: 549 p.

Image of the original description
No image in first description.

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Pristiophorus oweni, Pristiophorus owenii

Pristiophorus nudipinnis
Syntype: BMNH: 1863.1.15.45 S. Australia; BMNH: 1869.2.24.2 Tasmania BMNH: 1953.8.10.7 Tasmania BMNH: 1859.6.30.7 Australia BMNH: 1842.9.3.10 BMNH: 1838.1.15.29 Tasmania
Pristiophorus owenii
Holotype: BMNH: 1859.9.11.1

Description :

Citation: Pristiophorus nudipinnis Günther, 1870: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 03/2024

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Pristiophorus nudipinnis Günther, 1870 (the (the spotted/smaller one is Pristiophorus cirratus) © Vincent Raoult, Marine Ecology Group, Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Australia
Common names
spa Tiburón sierra ñato, fra \(T\) Requin scie à nez court, eng Doggies, eng Saw dog, eng Sawshark, eng Shortnose saw shark, eng Shortnose sawshark, eng Southern saw shark, eng Southern sawshark

Short Description
Original diagnosis of Günther, 1870 [2919]: Teeth of the saw very unequal in length. Scales minute, nearly smooth, with traces of two or three keels at the base. The greater portion of the dorsal fins and of the upperside of the pectorals scaleless, naked. The distance between the tentacle and nostril is considerably less than that between the nostril and the first gillopening. From 35 to 39 sets of teeth in the upper jaw., Tasmania ; South Australia. a. Fine specimen, 43 inches long. Tasmania. Purchased of Hr. Sehwarzschild. b-c. Adult : stuffed. Tasmania. Presented by E. Gunn, Esq. d. Adult : stuffed. South Australia. Purchased of Mr. Knight. e. Young. Australia. Presented by Dr. G. Bennett. /. Adult : stuffed. Purchased of Mr. Argent.

Eastern Indian Ocean: endemic to Australia. Source:

Human uses
fisheries: minor commercial; price category: high; price reliability: questionable: based on ex-vessel price for species in this genus

Ovoviviparous, embryos feed solely on yolk [733].

Size / Weight / Age
122 cm TL (male/unsexed; [518])

demersal; marine; depth range 37 - 165 m [518]

shark-references Species-ID=5021;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Otodistomum pristiophori Johnston, 1902 [28858]