Pristis pectinata has historically been described as "common" or "abundant" in scientific research from the late 1800s through approximately 1950 (Jordan and Evermann 1896; Breder 1952). The range of this species has contracted more than 90% (NMFS 2000) as the population rapidly declined. It has been considered rare in Gulf of Mexico since the 1970s. Peninsular Florida may be the only geographic are to host smalltooth sawfish year round (NMFS 2000).
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