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The Museu de História Natural -The Natural History Museum- has a Sawfish on display.

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Sawfishes are related to sharks and rays. These fish range from medium-sized to huge. Their most striking appearance is a long, toothy snout. [...]


Sawfishes are nocturnal, usually sleeping during the day, hunting at night. Despite fearsome appearances, they are gentle fishes and will not attack humans unless provoked or surprised. The Smalltooth Sawfish is well known by fishermen as a prize game fish because of the fight it puts up once hooked. Capturing sawfishes is illegal in the United States and Australia.


All species of sawfish are considered endangered, or critically endangered. As well as being accidentally caught in fishing nets sawfish are also hunted for their rostrum (which is prized as a curiosity by some), their fins (which are eaten as a delicacy), their liver oil and for use as medicine.

It is illegal to capture Sawfish in the United States and in Australia. The sale of smalltooth sawfish rostra is also prohibited in the United States under the Endangered Species Act (ESA); the sale of other sawfish rostra remains legal however due to the fact that most rostra on the American market are from the smalltooth sawfish. Very few laymen can differentiate the species from which the rostra originated and it is therefore generally advised not to purchase sawfish rostra at all.

Loss of habitat is another threat to sawfish conservation.

Sawfishes are difficult to conserve in aquaria because it appears they may require a blend of saltwater and freshwater to stay healthy. However, the amount and duration of exposure are uncertain.


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Address: Av. Travessia do Zambeze 104, Maputo - Mozambique
Directions: The Museu de História Natural -The Natural History Museum- is located in front of Hotel Cardoso.
Phone: (+258) 21-491-145

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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