Lana’s Sawshark

The Lana’s sawshark, or the Philippine sawshark, is a species of sawshark living in the Philippines.

Lana’s Sawshark Scientific Classification

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Chondrichthyes
Order Pristiophoriformes
Family Pristiophoridae
Genus Pristiophorus
Scientific Name P. lanae


On average, this shark is about 2.4 ft, though some female specimens have reached 2.7 ft. Its rostrum – the long, saw-like snout – is narrow, with the segment not covering the mouth being 29-31% of the total length. Between the 21 large rostral teeth, there are 2-3 smaller rostral teeth.

It is darkly colored from above and white when seen from below.

Where do they live

Map Of The Lana’s Sawshark’s Habitat

Lana's sawshark Habitat Map

They swim off Apo Island and southern Luzon in the Philippines between 751 and 1946 feet.



It is presumed to be ovoviviparous.

Interactions with humans

The IUCN classifies this shark as “Near Threatened” or “NT”, presumably because it is at risk of overfishing.

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