Pristis clavata

GARMAN, 1906

Dwarf sawfish
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rhinopristiformes Pristidae

Reference of the original description
GARMAN, S. (1906)
New Plagiostoma. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College, 46 (11): 203–208

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Pristis clavata
Holotype: MCZ: 733-S

Description :

Citation: Pristis clavata GARMAN, 1906: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 11/2018

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Pristis clavata GARMAN, 1906 © Peter M. Kyne, Charles Darwin University, Australia
Common names
eng Dwarf sawfish, eng Leichhardt"s sawfish, eng Queensland sawfish

Short Description
Greenish brown, rarely yellowish; white ventrally; fins paler. Body shark-like, pectoral fins distinct; head flattened, with a blade-like snout bearing 18-22 pairs of lateral teeth; blade broad, not tapering distally. Nostrils broad with large nasal flaps. Rostral teeth slender, with a groove along posterior margins; teeth reaching basal quarter of blade. Skin with denticles.

Indo-West Pacific: tropical Australia, possibly more widely distributed. A nominal record from the Canary Islands may not be this species, but the sketchily known Pristis pristis from the eastern Atlantic is similar and needs comparison to determine if the two species are distinct. Source:

Ovoviviparous, embryos feed solely on yolk [733].

Size / Weight / Age
140 cm TL (male/unsexed; [541])

demersal; brackish; marine; depth range 0 - ? m


Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Neoheterocotyle darwinensis CHISHOLM & WHITTINGTON, 2000 [7370]

  • Floriparicapitus euzeti CIELOCHA, JENSEN & CAIRA, 2014 [21566]
  • Matticestus anneae CAIRA, JENSEN & FYLER, 2018 [26088]
  • Matticestus kathleenae CAIRA, JENSEN & FYLER, 2018 [26088]
  • Prochristianella clarkeae BEVERIDGE, 1990 [17404]
  • Pterobothrium australiense CAMPBELL & BEVERIDGE, 1996 [15789]