One every expedition, Sharks And Rays Australia aims to visit a local school and talk to the kids about the importance of sawfish and sharks and rays in general in local ecosystems. Together with Sharks4Kids, and with the help of our wonderful volunteer, Hannah Cook, we have developed a Food Web Game. It is based on the childrens’ book ‘The Adventures of Sonya the Freshwater Sawfish’ by Stirling Peverell. You can buy the book here.
The first draft of our Food Web Game is available now. Please download it here.
Interested in identifying sawfish in Queensland? Download our Sawfish of Queensland species ID flyer here
Want to make your own sawfish? All you need to do is download the Sawfish folding model here, print it, cut it, fold it, glue it. And don’t forget to share the pictures with us #SharksNearMe or #IntlSawfishDay
More outreach materials and kids games developed by the Sawfish Conservation Society can be found here
Wueringer BE. 2017. Sawfish catches in the Queensland Shark Control Program, 1964 to 2016. Endangered Species Research, DOI (open access)
Bradney D, Evans S, Davidson A, Wueringer BE, Morgan DL, Clausen P. 2017. Sawfishes stealth revealed using computational fluid dynamics. Journal of Fish Biology, DOI:10.1111/jfb.13255
Nevatte RJ, Williamson JE, Vella NGF, Raoult V, Wueringer BE. 2017. Morphometry and microanatomy of the barbels of the common sawshark Pristiophorus cirratus (Pristiophoridae): implications for pristiophorid behaviour. Journal of Fish Biology, DOI:10.1111/jfb.13275
O’Leary BC, Winther-Janson M, Bainbridge JM, Aitken J, Hawkins JP, Roberts CM. 2016. Effective coverage targets for ocean protection. Conservation Letters, DOI: 10.1111/conl.12247 open access
Winther-Janson M, Wueringer BE, Seymour J. 2012. Electroreception in epaulette sharks, Hemiscyllium ocellatum. PLoS ONE. 7(11): e49857. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0049857 open access
Wueringer BE, Kajiura SM, Squire L Jr, Tibbetts IR, Collin SP. 2011. Electric field detection in sawfish and shovelnose rays. PLoS ONE. 7(7): e41605. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0041605. open access
Wueringer BE. 2012. Electroreception in elasmobranchs – sawfish as a case study. Brain, Behaviour and Evolution 80:97-107. DOI: 10.1159/000339873 ResearchGate
Wueringer BE, Peverell SC, Seymour J, Squire L Jr, Kajiura, SM, Collin SPC. 2011. Sensory systems in sawfishes – Part 1: The ampullae of Lorenzini. Brain, Behavior and Evolution. 78(2): 139-149. pdf
Wueringer BE, Peverell SC, Seymour J, Squire L Jr, Collin SP. 2011. Sensory systems in sawfishes – Part 2: The lateral line. Brain, Behavior and Evolution. 78(2): 150-161. open access
Marzullo TM, Wueringer BE, Squire, L Jnr, Collin SP. 2011. Description of the mechanoreceptive lateral line and the electroreceptive ampullary system in the freshwater whipray Himantura dalyensis. Marine & Freshwater Research 62: 771-779 ResearchGate
Wueringer BE, Squire L Jr, Collin SP. 2009. The biology of extinct and extant sawfish (Batoidea: Sclerorhynchidae and Pristidae). Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 19:445-464. ResearchGate
Wueringer BE, Tibbetts IR, Whitehead DL. 2009. Ultrastructure of the ampullae of Lorenzini of the eastern shovelnose ray, Aptychotrema rostrata. Zoomorphology 128: 45-52. ResearchGate
Wueringer BE, Tibbetts IR. 2008. Comparison of the ampullary and lateral line systems of two species of shovelnose ray. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 18(1): 47-64. ResearchGate
Publications for a general readership:
Wueringer BE. 2012. Demystifying a sea monster. Australasian Science Sept 2012: 29-31. link to publisher
Phillips N, Wueringer BE. 2015. Sawfish – Ancient predators in need of modern conservation tools. Wildlife Australia, Autumn 2015 ResearchGate
Publications accepted (but not published yet):
Nevatte RJ, Wueringer BE, Jacob DE, Park JM, Williamson JE. First insights into the function of the sawshark rostrum through examination of rostral tooth microwear. Accepted in Journal of Fish Biology, November 2016.
Publications in review:
O’Shea O, Wueringer BE, Brooks EJ. An assessment of the trophodynamics and prey discrimination in the yellow ray (Urotrygonidae), from The Bahamas. In review at MEPS.
Publications in preparation:
Winther-Janson M, Wueringer BE. Sensory specialisations in sawsharks.
Peverell SC, Whitty J, Wueringer BE. Age and growth in Australian species of sawfish verified with LA-ICPMS.
Wueringer BE, Kempster R, Collin SP. Sensory adaptations of juvenile spear tooth sharks Glyphis glyphis.
Wueringer BE, Coimbra JP, Collin SP. Sensory systems in sawfishes: Part III Retinal specialisations in the freshwater sawfish Pristis pristis in comparison with a shark ray Rhina ancylostoma.
Wueringer BE, Collin SP. Social interactions and dominance hierarchies in the freshwater sawfish Pristis pristis.