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n. pl. sawfish or saw·fish·es
Any of various marine cartilaginous fishes of the family Pristidae, having a sharklike body and a long thin snout with teeth along both sides.


n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) any sharklike ray of the family Pristidae of subtropical coastal waters and estuaries, having a serrated bladelike mouth



n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
any large, sharklike ray of the genus Pristis, living along tropical coasts and lowland rivers, with a bladelike snout edged with strong teeth.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sawfish - primitive ray with sharp teeth on each edge of a long flattened snoutsawfish - primitive ray with sharp teeth on each edge of a long flattened snout
ray - cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins
family Pristidae, Pristidae - large primitive rays with elongated snouts
Pristis pectinatus, smalltooth sawfish - commonly found in tropical bays and estuaries; not aggressive


[ˈsɔːfɪʃ] N (sawfish or sawfishes (pl)) → pez m sierra
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In cases of importation of shark species enumerated in CITES, namely sawfish (Pristidae spp), whale shark (Rhincodon typus), great hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran), scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini), smooth hammerhead (Sphyrna zygaena), oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharinus longimanus), porbeagle (lamna nasus), basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus), great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), and manta rays (Manta spp), an export or re-export certificate from the administrative authority in the exporting country and an import valid certificate issued by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment must be secured.
Last week, Mettner reeled in a pregnant sawfish - currently listed as vulnerable under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act - laying across its body on the beach while he posed for a photo for social media.
6) By themselves the items were intrinsically unrelated--the collections ranged from ostrich eggs and oddly shaped rocks to manuscript volumes and sawfish teeth.
1 million square km (425,000 square miles) of the Ross Sea, while areas designated as research zones will allow for some fishing for krill and sawfish.
It also prohibits the hunting of two sawfish species and the whale shark.
Research on the smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) has shown that areas of estuarine nurseries, called hotspots, are used consistently.
The official ban is expected to help protect scores of endangered marine animals including sawfish, whale shark, silky shark, oceanic whitetips shark, thresher shark and hammerhead shark, mobulid rays, guitarfish, dolphin and marine turtles.
Back on ground level, and next to the CN Tower, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada is a terrific look at life underwater, with the Dangerous Lagoon's 315ft-long glass tunnel a highlight, as you walk underneath various shark species and viciouslooking longcomb sawfish.
Also on the list are the blue-spotted ribbontail stingray, reef manta ray, giant manta ray, knifetooth sawfish, largetooth sawfish, green sawfish and white-spotted giant guitarfish.
According to the CMS, the species demanding the strictest protection today -- listed in Appendix I -- include great white sharks, five species of sawfish, and 11 species of ray.
It will protect a complex variety of marine habitats including unique and globally significant coral reefs, mangrove systems, mudflats and remarkable coastlines as well as dolphin, dugong, turtle and sawfish populations," the Minister said.
Consequently, some skates, sawfish, and deep-water dogfish have been virtually extirpated from large regions [8].