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 01/2022

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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; India (Bay of Bengal) to eastern Australia, isolated record from Réunion [24867] Source:

Ovoviviparous, embryos feed solely on yolk [733].

Size / Weight / Age
TL (max): 310 cm TL, males mature at ~260 cm TL, females slightly larger, TL (born): ~65 cm [24867]

demersal; brackish; marine; possibly into freshwater, depth range 0 - ? m [24867]

shark-references Species-ID=5052;

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]