Pristis zijsron   Bleeker,  1851 (Fish)
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Class: Elasmobranchii

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Size: 500 cm - 730 cm TL

Color: Greenish gray to blackish brown above, white to yellowish below.

Saw long and narrow, tapering evenly towards its tip, with 25 to 32 pairs of rostral teeth. Basal pair of rostral teeth has distinctly more space than anterior pair. Trunk broad, deep and robust. First dorsal fin large and erect, distinctly behind pelvic fins; second dorsal fins sub equal with first dorsal fin.

Dieocious, internal (oviduct) fertilization, internal live bearers. Ovoviviparous, embryos feed solely on yolk.

Synonym (s)
Pristis pectinata (non Latham) 1794
(Misapplied name)
Pristis zijsron Bleeker 1851
Pristis zysron Day 1878
Pristis zijsron Bleeker 1851
(Senior synonym)
Pristis zisron Bleeker, 1851
Pristis zyrson Bleeker, 1851
Pristis zysron Bleeker, 1851
Pristis zysross Bleeker, 1851

Common Name (s)
• Green Sawfish (English)
• Longcomb Sawfish (English)
• Longsnout Sawfish (English)
• Narrowsnout Sawfish (English)
• Sawfish (English)
• Green Saw Fish (English)
• Vezha (Tamil)
• Vella Sorrah (Tamil)
• Echar (Marathi)
• Komban Sravu (Malayalam)
• Vala Meen (Tamil)
• Chiruni (Bengali)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial, Dangers
(Fisheries, gamefish; flesh considered tasty
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(This species has been exploited intensively, both as a target species and as incidental bycatch in commercial, sport or shark-control net fisheries and for aquarium display throughout its range.)

Habitat:  Demersal, Estuarine, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Fishes and shellfishes
IUCN Status:  Critically Endangered


• East Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• West Coast INDIA
• Red Sea
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
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  • Hussain, SM Brief report on biodiversity in the coastal areas of Pakistan p 113
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at -
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  • Raje, SG; Sivakami, S; Mohanraj, G; Manoj Kumar, PP; Raju, A and Joshi, KK (2007) An atlas on the Elasmobranch fishery resources of India CMFRI Special publication CMFRI, Cochin, India. 95 253pp Available at -
  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -

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