; subclass Elasmobranchii, order Squaliformes)
A small family of sharks in which the long snout (rostrum) is formed into a flat blade equipped with teeth of uneven size. Sawsharks differ from Pristidae (sawfish) in having the gill slits on the side of the body and in possessing a pair of barbels located half-way along the snout. Some species are quite edible. There are about four species, found in African and Indo-Pacific waters.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.