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Contents: Sawfish bills
(rostrum): great tooth sawfish blade,
small tooth sawfish blade, Knife tooth sawfish bills
Due to changes in the law, no one is
allowed to sell or even gift any sawfish rostrum via intrastate or
interstate within the U.S., due to their upgrade to "Critically
Endangered". These items are shown for display only on this
We hope, due to these strengthened
laws, that these beautiful creatures will multiply over the years to come,
and never go extinct. We donate support to conservation groups to
continue to monitor these species and all other species in danger of
extinction, to bring them back to healthy numbers.
The international trade of all sawfish bills were banned by the C.I.T.E.S.
convention in June 2007 due to their being categorized as ENDANGERED,
This means that no more can be caught.
It means that if you have one in your possession, you can re-sell it but
only within the country it resided as of June 2007. You cannot ship
it beyond your country's borders. Also, you cannot sell it on ebay.
In accordance with these laws, we cannot buy
sawfish bills that are outside the U.S., nor can we sell them to a buyer
outside U.S. borders. Do not even ask. We are happy to sell
any available below to U.S. buyers.
TOOTH SAWFISH BLADE (rostrum)
called Leichhardt's sawfish, Freshwater sawfish, Large tooth sawfish); (Pristis
an endangered species. These specimens come from collections long
pre-dating the endangered status.
Genuine saw fish bills from northern
Australia, and from Bangaladesh. The largetooth sawfish is a heavily-bodied sawfish with a
short but massive saw which is broad-based, strongly tapering and with 14
to 22 very large teeth on each side - the space between the last two
saw-teeth on the sides are less than twice the space between the first two
teeth. found in shallow tropical Indo-West Pacific oceans from East
Africa to Papua New Guinea, north to the Philippines & Viet Nam, Bangladesh,
coast of India, and
south to Australia.
The sizes of these blades make a
SPECTACULAR wall display
U.S. shipping only, Fedex ground
insured shipping will be calculated to 48 states, Fedex Express to Alaska
Juvenile Great Tooth Sawfish bill
17-3/4" long x 3-3/4" wide base, 1-3/4" across tip;
5/8" thickest; 35 teeth plus 2 broken teeth; largest teeth are
measures 24" long x 5-1/2" widest; 41 teeth, worn but not
broken; white & red striped bottom painted on both sides
Bill measures 25-3/4" long x
5-1/2" widest; 29 teeth + 5 broken; red, white & black stripes
painted on front
measures 36-3/4" long x 5-1/4" across base,
missing teeth, 5 damaged teeth
teeth (21 right, 20 left)
of teeth (bottom left tooth is the only one showing damage)
long x 2-1/2" wide
hanger hung through 2 drilled holes in back side.
Measures 33-7/8" long x 7" wide at base (3-1/8" across
tip) x 7/8" thickest
17 teeth on left side, 20 teeth right side. No teeth
missing, 1 broken tooth
SAWFISH BLADE (rostrum)
(Pristis pectinata) 23-34
teeth per side
The sizes of these blades make a
terrific wall display. More information below.
Actual Fedex ground insured shipping
to 48 states will apply, or Fedex express to Alaska &
NO SHIPPING OUTSIDE THE U.S. for
#SAW-6-2. Sawfish bill shown
front and back. It measures a full 31-1/4" long; 29 pairs of teeth
average size 7/8"; bill is 4-1/2" across at the base, 3-1/4" across
at the tip, 15/16" thick. Indelible ink on front says
"Sawfish 12.5 feet" indicating the size of this fish.
Bill is 34-1/4" long x 6-1/8" wide
at base, 2-1/4" wide at tip, 1-3/8" thickest; 52 teeth (3
missing teeth); average size of teeth: 1-1/8"
Bill (painted green on both sides) measures
19-1/2" long x 2-3/4" wide; 40 teeth + 2 broken; tip missing
Bill measures 34-3/4" long x 4-3/8"
across base, 2-1/4" across tip
24 sets of teeth; 1 damaged tooth, upper
right; base rough
SMALL TOOTH SAWFISH BILL
27-3/8" long x 2-3/8" across base
27 sets of teeth; 7 damaged teeth, 2 missing teeth
27-1/8" long x 2-5/8" wide across base
28 sets of teeth; 8 damaged teeth
long, 31 sets of teeth; 7
long, 26 sets of teeth; 6 damaged teeth, 2 near tip are missing
ABOUT FLORIDA SAW FISHES
Sawfishes belong to a group of fishes called
elasmobranch that includes sharks, rays, and skates. All
Elasmobranch species have a skeleton made of cartilage like sharks.
Sawfishes are actually a type of ray. Sawfishes all fit into one
family known as Pristidae, derived from a Greek term meaning
"saw". Sawfishes possess the characteristic long,
flattened, toothed saw, a flattened head and trunk, and a shark-like
appearance and manner of swimming. Once lost, the teeth along the
saw are not replaced. Sawfishes worldwide are poorly studied and no
one knows for sure the number of living species, but there are an
estimated four to seven species worldwide.
Smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) 23-34
teeth per side
Largetooth sawfish (Pristis perotteti).
17-22 teeth per side
The ranges of both species have been
reported to include Florida, but only three specimens of the largetooth
sawfish have ever been reported from Florida. The typical range of
the largetooth sawfish is further south and west of the state. The
smalltooth sawfish is by far the most often reported species of sawfish on
both coasts of Florida. Hundreds of specimens have been reported
throughout Florida, today more in southwest FL.
Here is a photo of a sawfish at the Ripley's
Aquarium in Myrtle Beach:
sawfish (Anoxypristis cuspidata), also
known as the pointed sawfish or
sawfish, is a species of sawfish in the
part of the Batoidea
or extension on
their snout. This is lined with sharp transverse teeth, arranged in a way
that resembles the teeth of a saw. It is found in the shallow coastal
waters and estuaries of the Indo-West Pacific, ranging from the Red Sea
and the Persian Gulf to southern Japan, Papua New Guinea and northern
but was previously included in the genus Pristis. Compared to that genus, Anoxypristis has
a narrower rostral saw with numerous teeth on the distal part and no teeth
on the basal quarter. This
a length of up to 15 feet long.
Knife Tooth Sawfish bill
18-1/4" long x 1-1/2" across base, 7/8" across tip
Knife Tooth Sawfish bill
18" long x 1-3/8" across base, 7/8" across tip
is 19-5/8" long x 1-1/2" wide base, 1-1/8" wide at tip;
1/2" thick; 37 teeth plus 1 partial tooth; average size of teeth:
Bill is 20-3/4" long, x
1-1/2" wide base, 7/8" wide at tip; 1/2" thick, 39 teeth,
average size of teeth: 7/8"
Bill measures 14-1/2" long x
1-1/2" wide; 44 teeth, slightly worn
(SAWFISH) ROSTRAL TOOTH
PERIOD: 23 million years ago
is a fossil sawfish rostral tooth from the pristis species of sawfish.
the modern day sawfish, this creature had a long, hard shovel-shaped snout
lined on both sides with long, spine-like teeth (these are the spine-like
teeth offered for sale here). Modern Sawfish are very lethargic
animals, spending much of their day nestled in the muddy sea/river floor.
At night, they scull slowly through the shallows, using their sensitive
saw to find buried prey, which are then raked from the sediment to be
consumed. It is useful to view the sawfishes' unique rostrum like a metal
detector combined with a clam rake. If small fishes, like mullet,
swim past a hungry sawfish, this great ray will launch from the bottom,
slashing its toothy weapon rapidly side to side. Gouged by the snout's
awl-shaped teeth, injured fishes tumble to the sea floor, now immobilized
and easy to catch. The toothy rostrum is also a weapon of defense.
When threatened, sawfishes will smack this jagged sword against attackers,
whether they be sharks or fishermen. Generally, though, sawfishes are very
gentle animals, preferring to lie quietly, undisturbed.
40 species of modern sawfishes are known; only a handful survive today.
This is a single tooth from the sawfish bill,
from the extinct species Onchopristis Numidus. Found at the Tegana
Formation in Kem Kem Morocco. This was a member of the sawfish
family tht used its barbs to stun & impale prey. Not
repaired. Excellent condition
Cretaceous period, 100 million years old
linear measurement x 3/4" wide x 1/4" thick
(Broken tip); 3" long x 5/8" wide x 1/4" thick