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    SMALLTOOTH SAWFISH
    Pristis pectinata

    Identification
    The prominent toothed snout makes this ray easy to identify. Usually 24-28 unpaired teeth
    on each side of the 'saw' (hence the name 'sawfish').

    Habitat
    Found most commonly in shallow coastal waters but reported as deep as 400 feet;
    juveniles prefer shallow coastal waters including estuaries and adults are most often
    found in deeper water.

    Feeding
    Thought to feed on fishes and benthic crustaceans.

    Reproduction
    Aplacental viviparity. Up to 20 pups per litter.

    Size/Age
    Maximum length up to 18 feet.

    Human Factors
    Protected by the State of Florida and the US federal government under the Endangered
    Species Act. Non-aggressive species. Sometimes caught on hook and line by fishers that
    target sharks, tarpon, snook, and redfish. Should be handled with care and released
    unharmed.














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