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What is the name of a shark with a saw nose?

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The Pristiophorus cirratus, or longnose saw shark, is identifiable by its tapered, saw-shaped nose. A bottom dweller, the shark is most commonly found in the Eastern Indian Ocean at depths of 100 to 400 feet.

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Also known as the common saw shark, this species grows to an average of 3 feet long, with the snout accounting for up to 30 percent of its length. The shark feeds on crustaceans and small fish found along the ocean floor. It uses electro-receptors and whisker-like barbels on the saw appendage to locate prey buried beneath the sand. While the saw shark does use its snout to slash at prey, this species is not a threat to man.

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