Anoxypristis cuspidatus [Status Unaccepted]   (Latham,  1794) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Elasmobranchii

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Size: 6 m

Color: Dark drab or neutral gray above, whitish below; margins of fins and lateral fold of tail whitish; rostral teeth white.

Saw long and narrow, tapers gradually towards its tip, with 24 or 25 pairs of rostral teeth. Trunk broad, deep and robust. First dorsal fin distinctly behind pelvic fins; second dorsal fin slightly smaller than first dorsal fin. Subcaudal lobe well developed, pointed.

Synonym (s)
Pristis cuspidatus Latham, 1794

Common Name (s)
• Pointed Sawfish (English)
• Yahla (Telugu)
• Velameen (Tamil)
• Vezha (Tamil)
• Nali (Marathi)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries; the flesh is much esteemed and its liver yields considerable oil.)

Habitat:  Pelagic, Demersal, Coastal


• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Rao, DV; Devi, K and Rajan, PT (2000) An account of ichthyofauna of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bay of Bengal Occasional paper no 178 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Calcutta 1-434 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Chatterjee, TK; Talukdar, RS and Mukherjee, AK (2000) Fish and fisheries of Digha coast of West Bengal Occasional paper no 188 Records of the Zoological Survey of India 31778 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • 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 -
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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
  • Das, P; De, SP; Bhowmik, RM; Pandit, IK; Sengupta, R; Nandi, AC; Thakurta, SC and Saha, S (2007) Piscine diversity of West Bengal Fishing chimes 27(5) 15-28 Available at - NIO, Goa

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