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2014-06-11 08:22:23

Sawfishes, Devil Rays, Reef Mantas, Hammerheads, Threshers, Silky Sharks Proposed for Listing under Convention on Migratory Species WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Shark Advocates International is welcoming an unprecedented suite of proposals from Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) to list 21 species of rays and sharks on the CMS Appendices. Two species of hammerheads, all three threshers, and the silky shark have been proposed for CMS Appendix...

Ancient Shark Spawned Like Salmon
2014-01-07 15:16:19

[ Watch the Video: Evidence Of Ancient Shark Migration In Reverse ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study published on Tuesday in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology has found that a certain species of ancient shark behaved like salmon in reverse – swimming from freshwater into the ocean for spawning. The study of the long-snouted Bandringa provides the earliest known evidence of shark migration – which took place 310 million years ago in a region now...

2013-03-14 17:49:13

CITES plenary today accepted Committee recommendations to list five species of highly traded sharks under the CITES Appendices, along with those for the listing of both manta rays and one species of sawfish. Japan, backed by Gambia and India, unsuccessfully challenged the Committee decision to list the oceanic whitetip shark, while Grenada and China failed in an attempt to reopen debate on listing three hammerhead species. Colombia, Senegal, Mexico and others took the floor to defend...

Sharks And Rays Need More Protection From Overfishing
2012-09-05 05:41:31

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online At the IUCN's World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Korea, this week, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and over 35 other government agencies and NGO (non-governmental organizations) partners urged the world's governments to take urgent steps to save sharks and rays from the relentless pressure of overfishing for international trade. The WCS-led consortium is specifically advocating for the listing of sharks and rays under the...

Sawfish Behavior Leads To Species Own Decline
2012-03-06 05:58:15

[ Watch the Video ] A team of researchers led by Barbara Wueringer of the University of Queensland, Australia have been studying the feeding habits of the freshwater-dwelling sawfish Pristis microdon. The researchers found that when the sawfish feeds, it uses electrosensors in its long snout to detect the location of the prey in the water. The sawfish swipes, several times per second, at its prey with a side to side motion with enough force to saw the fish in half. The sawfish would...

2011-07-13 06:53:00

U.S. government will grant strong protection for rare shark-like ray WASHINGTON, July 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Shark Advocates International is applauding the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) decision to list largetooth sawfish (Pristisperotteti) under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). Largetooth sawfish occur in coastal waters and rivers in Mexico, Central and South America, as well as West Africa. In the U.S., the species has been found in the Gulf of Mexico,...

2010-05-27 10:24:04

The BP oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico threatens the existence of a critically endangered sawfish and its relative that recently has been proposed to join it as the only two marine fish in United States waters to receive such federal protection, says a University of Florida researcher. The largetooth sawfish, a popular curio item known for its sawlike snout, was proposed as a federally endangered species on May 7, less than three weeks after massive amounts of oil started gushing into Gulf...

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2008-12-01 16:25:00

The University of Florida, keeper of the world's shark attack records, is also now overseeing a national records collection for another toothy marine predator: the sawfish. Distinguished by a long rostrum or "saw" that makes it a popular curio item and gives it its name, the sawfish has become a historical and cultural icon that is rapidly disappearing, said George Burgess, a UF ichthyologist and curator of both the International Shark Attack File and the newly expanded National Sawfish...


Latest Sawfish Reference Libraries

Sawfish
2012-08-17 06:50:56

The sawfish is the common name for a family of rays, called Pristidae, containing seven species within two genera. Also known as the carpenter shark, it is not related to the similar looking sawshark. Sawfish prefer to live in the tropical or subtropical regions of the Indo-Pacific and Atlantic. Its largest populations are found in Australia and in Florida. This species can be found living near the coast in estuaries and bays, and can often be found moving into rivers or large lakes, like...

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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'