Florida Museum of Natural History

Largetooth Sawfish U.S. Records

Sawfish Research



Although the largetooth sawfish has been reported in the U.S., it appears that this species was never abundant. There were approximately 39 confirmed records ranging from 1910 through 1961. There have been no confirmed sightings since the most recent record of a largetooth sawfish in 1961 in the Gulf of Mexico off Port Aransas, Texas. Four largetooth sawfish were documented from the waters of Florida between 1910 and 1960 with the final record from a study of Tampa Bay fishes. This last specimen was on display in Clearwater Beach, Florida however the identification was not verified. It was a smaller size than any other largetooth sawfish captured in U.S. waters which brings its identification into question. All other largetooth sawfish captured in the U.S. measured at least 4.3 meters in length.

The majority of largetooth sawfish reports are from Texas. Many photographs and printed media articles confirm 33 reports of these fish off the coast of Texas.



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