Pristis pectinata (Smalltooth sawfish)?
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Pristis pectinata (Smalltooth
by Ann Hecht ©]
A slender sawfish with a long narrow, slightly
tapering saw, with 21 to 28 (possibly to 34) small teeth on each
side. Space between last two saw-teeth on a side is between 2 to 4
times that between the first two teeth. Pectoral fins low and
angular, 1st dorsal over pelvic fins, caudal fin without a lower
lobe. Colour green, grey or dark brown above, cream below.
6.0 m and possibly 7.6 m TL.
East coast, East London to
Inshore, in estuaries and fresh
water in large rivers.
Common in northern Natal, breeds in
Richards Bay and St. Lucia. Bears 15 to 20 young. Eats small fishes
which are killed by a sideways, scythe-like action of the saw; uses
its saw to dig out crabs and other invertebrates from the bottom.
Caught by anglers and the Natal shark nets.