General Description

Body long, slender; head flattened, with a relatively broad saw-like snout or rostrum and barbels inserted closer to mouth than to snout tip; nostrils oval, positioned halfway between barbels and corner of mouth; dorsal and pectoral fins entirely covered with denticles. Pale grey to greyish-brown above, pale below. To 1.3 m.


Sawsharks use their sensory barbels to find their prey, and injure or stun small fishes and invertebrates by vigorously moving their snouts from side to side. They are taken as bycatch in commercial fisheries. Although not considered dangerous, the rostral saw can inflict painful injuries.


Southern Australia.


On soft bottoms, in depths of 5-110 m.

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