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Saw Fish Mounts - You can easily order through this website or call us if you prefer. GFM individually handcrafts each defined and detailed fish replica by hand, one-at-a-time. Every fish reproduction is perfectly airbrushed to resemble each species' most noticeable and distinct color patterns.
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Common names for this species include largetooth sawfish, large-tooth sawfish, southern sawfish, common sawfish, freshwater sawfish, sawfish, and saw fish.
The sawfish (P. perotteti) and its close relative the smalltooth sawfish (P. pectinata) are the only two sawfish species to be found in the western Atlantic Ocean. Both species once covered a wide range of habitats, stretching over the tropical and sub-tropical marine environments, as well as estuarine and contiguous freshwater habitats in the eastern Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean to Central and South America as well as Africa. In the United States sawfish were once reported throughout the Gulf of Mexico primarily along the Texas and east Florida coastline, in shallow coastal habitats less than 10 m (33 feet deep) where the water was warmer, shallower, more likely to be protected from the elements, such as lagoons or estuarine locations. However, migrations accounts reported them as traveling as far North as New York, and certainly along the Atlantic coast to the Carolinas before the decline of their population. A sizeable population of freshwater largetooth sawfish also lived in Lake Nicaragua, although by 1981 these sawfish had been drastically depleted by overfishing. Today, the decline of the largetooth sawfish population seems to have mostly removed them from Florida's waters.
The current reports of largetooth sawfish encounters are rare, and pin their location to the Texas coast close to the Louisiana line, and Southeastern United States waters seem to be the northernmost boundary of current populations, as compared to their historically freer range, although they are believed to also reside in Central America and some Western African coastal locations. Sawfish in general inhabit the shallow coastal waters in tropical, subtropical and warm-temperate waters. They are typically found very close to shore lying on muddy and sandy bottoms, in bays, estuaries, and lagoons. Generally thought to rarely descend to depths greater than 33 feet (10 meters ), sawfish have been found in water to 400 feet (122 meters) deep in Lake Nicaragua.
While they swim much like sharks, sawfish are actually a species of ray. Included in the group of fishes known as elasmobranchs, sawfish have cartilaginous skeletons. The head is ventrally flattened with the mouth located underneath and the eyes positioned dorsally. Sawfish are able to breath while lying on the ocean floor by drawing water into their gills through large holes behind each eye, called spiracles. Their most distinctive feature is their long flat rostrum - "saw" - that is lined with rostral teeth along the margins. These "teeth" are set deeply in hard cartilage and do not grow back if the root becomes damaged. The largetooth sawfish and the smalltooth sawfish (P. pectinata) are similar in appearance with overlapping ranges in the western Atlantic Ocean and parts of the eastern Atlantic Ocean. The two species can usually be differentiated by noting the number of teeth on one side of the rostrum. P. perotteti can have between 14-21 rostral teeth on one edge of the saw whereas P. pectinata usually has 23-34. These two species can also be distinguished by observing that in P. perotteti the first dorsal fin originates anterior to the pelvic fins while in P. pectinata the first dorsal fin originates along the same axis as the pelvic fins. The pectoral fins of P. perotteti are proportionally larger than those of P. pectinata. Furthermore, only P. perotteti has a distinct lower lobe on its caudal fin. P. perotteti caught in saltwater are dark gray to golden brown in color. Freshwater specimens are mouse gray with red coloration around the back, lower sides, second dorsal, pelvic fins, and caudal sides.
The first dorsal may have pale yellow coloration with a reddish rear tip. The reddish tint may be normal or a result of suffusion with blood below the skin. The teeth of the largetooth sawfish are dome-shaped anteriorly with an obtuse cutting edge. These teeth are a bit larger than in the smalltooth sawfish, with about 12 functional rows in each jaw. The number of teeth increases as the sawfish matures. Newborn largetooth sawfish have 70 teeth and larger individuals have approximately 80-90. Dermal denticles of P. perotteti are more widely spaced over the upper surface than in P. pectinata. The blades are ovoid in shape and rather strongly oblique. The bases are roughly four-cornered and are evident through the skin in very young specimens but more concealed in larger specimens.
The denticles on the saw of P. perottetiare rounded to oval and are so closely crowded, they conceal the skin entirely. The denticles along the margins of this fish are the largest; those on lower surface are similar to those on the upper surface but are more closely crowded. Maximum size of P. perotteti has been reported between 20.0-21.2 feet(6.1-6.5 m) total length and between 1,102-1,323 pounds (500-600 kg) in weight. P. perotteti are believed to mature around 10 feet (3 m). Largetooth sawfish grow slowly, reaching maturity late at 10 years of age and producing few young. As a result, their population growth is extremely low. Although lifespan in the wild is unknown, research suggests this species lives roughly 30 years.
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