Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Elasmobranchii > Order: Pristiformes > Family: Pristidae > Genus: Pristis > Species: Pristis pristis

Common sawfish - Pristis pristis (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Critically Endangered (IUCN)
Protected by 4 international agreements


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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Legal status

Legal text Annex Conditions More information
Memorandum of understanding on the conservation of migratory sharks - under Bonn Convention (Sharks MOU)
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
Commission regulation (EU) No 1320/2014, of 1 December 2014, amending Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein (EU regulation of trade of fauna and flora)
Barcelona Convention Protocol concerning Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean (SPA/BD Protocol)

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Common sawfish English Fishbase
Espadarte-serra Portuguese Fishbase
Harmaasaharausku Finnish Fishbase
Pejepeine Spanish Fishbase
Pez sierra Spanish Fishbase
Pez sierra commún Spanish Fishbase
Pez sierra común Spanish Fishbase
Pixxisega Maltese Fishbase
Pixxiserrieq Maltese Fishbase
Poisson-scie commun French Fishbase
Sägefisch Spanish Fishbase
Scie French Fishbase
Scie commune French Fishbase
Sija Maltese Fishbase
Synonym Author
Squalus pristis Linnaeus, 1758
Pristis antiquorum Latham, 1794
Pristis microdon (non Latham, 1794)
Pristis clavata (non Garman, 1906)
Pristis canaliculata Bloch & Schneider, 1801
Pristis typica Poey, 1861
Pristis caniculata Bloch & Schneider, 1801

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
Fauna Europaea search Fauna Europaea
FishBase FishBase
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Species+ Species+ by UNEP-WCMC
Wikipedia Wikipedia
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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