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This article covers the genus Pristis. For the family, see Pristidae or Sawfish.
Temporal range: Jurassic - Recent
Pristis pectinata - Georgia Aquarium Jan 2006.jpg
Pristis perotteti
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Chondrichthyes
Subclass: Elasmobranchii
Order: Pristiformes
Family: Pristidae
Genus: Pristis
Linck, 1790

Pristis is a genus of sawfish of the family Pristidae.


The genus Pristis contains from four to six species. Pristis has been divided into two groups, commonly referred to as smalltooths and largetooths.

  • Smalltooths: The Pristis pectinata species complex (P. clavata, P. pectinata and P. zijsron)
  • Largetooths: the Pristis pristis species complex (P. microdon, P. perotteti and P. pristis) is in need of in-depth taxonomic review. It is possible, for example, that P. microdon and P. perotteti may not be distinct species, but may rather be subspecies, or perhaps geographically distinct subpopulations of a single circumtropical species. [1]


Species within this genus include:[2]

Extinct species[edit]

Extinct species within this genus include: [3]

  • Pristis acutidens Agassiz 1843
  • Pristis amblodon Cope 1869
  • Pristis aquitanicus Delfortrie 1871
  • Pristis atlanticus Zbyszewski 1947
  • Pristis bisulcatus Agassiz 1843
  • Pristis brachyodon Cope 1869
  • Pristis brayi Casier 1949
  • Pristis caheni Dartevelle and Casier 1959
  • Pristis contortus Dixon 1850
  • Pristis curvidens Leidy 1855
  • Pristis dubius Münster 1846
  • Pristis ensidens Leidy 1855
  • Pristis fajumensis Stromer 1905
  • Pristis hastingsiae Agassiz 1843
  • Pristis lanceolatus Jonet 1968
  • Pristis lathami Galeotti 1837
  • Pristis olbrechtsi Dartevelle and Casier 1959
  • Pristis pectinatus Latham 1794
  • Pristis pickeringi Case 1981
  • Pristis prosulcatus Stromer 1905
Fossil rostal teeth of Pristis lathami from Khouribga (Morocco.)

Extinct species within this genus lived from the Jurassic period to the Quaternary period, approximately from 161.2 to 0.3 million years ago. Fossils have been found all over the world. [3]


  1. ^ Faria, V. V.; McDavitt, M. T.; Charvet, P.; Wiley, T. R.; Simpfendorfer, C. A.; Naylor, G. J. P. (2013). Species delineation and global population structure of Critically Endangered sawfishes (Pristidae) Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society - Volume 167, Issue 1, pages 136–164, January 2013
  2. ^ WoRMS
  3. ^ a b Fossilworks