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Some of the families with the highest numbers of threatened species include the sawfishes, hammerhead sharks, wedge fishes, guitarfishes, and eagle rays, which have slow life histories least capable to withstand fishing pressure.
A Future for a Forgotten Predator: Assessment of the Global and Regional Legal Frameworks for Protection and Recovery of the Caribbean Sawfishes Pristis Pristis and Pristis Pectinata and Recommendations for the Course Forward, Dalhousie University.
Similarly, in Australia, researchers have recognized localized capture sites for juvenile sawfishes, including largetooth sawfish (P.
They also proposed that three ecologically significant and endangered Chondrichthyian species should be designated as "Iconic Species" which includes sawfishes, whale sharks and mobulids.
Unlike the other 500 or so species of layabouts in the ray and skate family--the stingrays, sawfishes and guitarfishes--for mantas, lying on the bottom, blending in with the environment or conserving energy isn't an option.