Longnose sawshark
The longnose sawshark, Pristiophorus cirratus, also known as the Common sawshark is a sawshark
The sawsharks or saw sharks are an order of sharks bearing long blade-like snouts edged with teeth, which they use to slash and disable their prey...

 of the family
Family (biology)
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 Pristiophoridae, found in the eastern Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean
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 around southern Australia
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 on the continental shelf
Continental shelf
The continental shelf is the extended perimeter of each continent and associated coastal plain. Much of the shelf was exposed during glacial periods, but is now submerged under relatively shallow seas and gulfs, and was similarly submerged during other interglacial periods. The continental margin,...

 at depths of between 40 and 310 m. Its length is up to 1.35 m.


The longnose sawshark is a medium sized shark. Its head is depressed. It has a saw like flattened snout
The snout, or muzzle, is the protruding portion of an animal's face, consisting of its nose, mouth, and jaw.-Terminology:The term "muzzle", used as a noun, can be ambiguous...

 which measures up to thirty percent of its body size. It has barbels almost halfway up the snout and is a sandy brown color with irregular brown spots. The belly of the shark is pale while the bottom of the snout is pinkish. Its skin has tiny denticles all over it although the fins are scaly.


This species of sawshark is ovoviviparous. They give birth to between three to twenty-two pups in each litter. The pups are born with their teeth folded against their snout to protect the mother from harm. A new born pup is between eleven and fifteen inches long.

External links

Longnose Sawshark Profile and Photos
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