Pristis perotteti


Large-tooth sawfish
Classification: Elasmobranchii Rhinopristiformes Pristidae

Reference of the original description
MÜLLER, J. & HENLE, F.G.J. (1841)
Systematische Beschreibung der Plagiostomen. Berlin, Veit, pp. 1–200

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Pristis perotteti
Holotype: MNHN: lost

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Citation: Pristis perotteti MÜLLER & HENLE, 1841: In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras,, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 01/2021

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Common names
spa Catanuda, spa Pez espada, spa Pez peine, spa Pez rastrillo, spa Pez sierra, spa Sierra, eng Large-tooth sawfish, eng Largetooth Sawfish, eng Saw fish, eng Sawfish, eng Southern sawfish, por Araguaguá, por Espadarte, por Peixe-serra, por Serra

Short Description
Fewer sawteeth (normally 19, rarely 20 on a side). First dorsal fin originate in advance of the origin of the pelvic fins and much more deeply concave posterior margins of the dorsal fins. Saltwater species when fresh-caught, either dark gray or golden brown, while freshwater species are mouse gray with reddish along midback posterior to first dorsal fin, reddish posterior to lower part of sides, first dorsal pale yellow with reddish free rear corner; second dorsal, pelvic fins, caudal and lower sides posterior to first dorsal dull brick red. Reddish tint either normal or result of suffusion with blood below the skin [199].

Northwest Atlantic: Texas, Florida. Northeast Atlantic: West Africa. Eastern and Western Central Pacific: off northern Australia. Indo-China: East Indies. South America: Amazon near Santárem, Brazil.

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

Ovoviviparous, embryos feed solely on yolk [733].

Size / Weight / Age
650 cm TL (male/unsexed; [199]); max. published weight: 591.0 kg [199]

benthopelagic; amphidromous [17660]; freshwater; brackish; marine; depth range ? - 122 m (Ref. 55273), usually ? - 10 m (Ref. 55273)

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)
  • Erpocotyle caribbensis WATSON & THORSON, 1976 [16440]
  • Pristonchocotyle intermedia WATSON & THORSON, 1976 [16440]