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 Sixgill sawshark (Pliotrema warreni)

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Sixgill sawshark
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Phylum: Vertebates (Chordata)

Class: Carlilagenous Fishes (Chondrichthyes)
  Order: Sawsharks (Pristiophoriformes)
    Family: Sawsharks (Pristiophoridae)
      Genus: Pliotrema (Pliotrema)


Scientific: Pliotrema warreni
German: Sechskiemen-Sägehai
English: Sixgill sawshark
French: Requin scie flutian
Spanish: Tiburón sierra del Cabo


Sawlike snout with barbels and large rostral teeth. Six pairs of gill slits. No anal fin.


Brown, with light or white ventral surface.


Western Indian Ocean: Mozambique to South Africa.


A common species of benthic and epibenthic waters found over the continental shelves and upper slopes down to depths of approximately 450 m. Adult animals seem to segregate from younger ones by moving into deeper waters.


Small fishes, crustacean and squid.


Average size about 100 cm to 120 cm, maximum total length at least 135 cm.


Aplacental viviparous (ovoviviparous). 5 to 7 pups per litter. Size at birth 35 cm. Males reach sexual maturity at about 35 cm, females at 110 cm.

 Similar Species

All other sawsharks (4 species) possess 5 pairs of gill slits.


Status in the IUCN Red List(Version 2001):

Main criterion: > NT (Near Threatened)
Sub criterion:
Trend: Unknown

 Danger to Humans


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