Outreach materials

All of our materials can be downloaded from google drive, to allow you to print them in high quality!

  • Interested in identifying sawfish in Queensland? Download our Species ID flyer for Queensland’s sawfish here
  • You can also download our Species ID flyer for Australian sawfish here
  • We tag sawfish, download our Sawfish SPOT tag flyer here
  • Have wall space for sawfish? Download our Sawfish ID poster here
  • Want to know more about sawfish biology? Download our Sawfish biology flyer here
  • Here are some more materials for our “Messenger saw” project
  • Access our 2020 Expedition Poster here

Find out how to build a cardboard sawfish here. A big thank you to Matthew McDavitt for the instructions! More of his materials, which include instructions for making sawfish cookies are found 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

Julius Csotonyi has made some incredible colouring in sheets of sawfish which you can download here and here. Thank you Julius! (Google Drive link to high resolution files)

Do you want to know more about the life cycle of sawfish? We have developed a presentation that was already used by the Normanton State School. you can access it here 

Check out this awesome and easy Origami sawfish folding model! Find it here

Together with Sharks4Kids, we have developed a ‘North Australian Food Web Game’. It is based on the comic ‘Sonya the sawfish’ by Paul Lennon and Stirling Peverell. A huge thank you to those two for the permission to use the images! You will learn fun facts about the different species that inhabit north Australian rivers and then figure out who eats whom and how the species depend on each other. You can download the food web game here.

Interested in any paper that has ever been published about sawfish? The complete list has been compiled by Jeff Whitty from the Sawfish Conservation Society and you can find it here


Scientific Publications:


  • Inglebrecht J, Morgan DL, O’Lear K, Wueringer BE. 2023. Close-kin population genetic assessment of Criticlly-Endangered green sawfish Pristis zijsron in Western Australia. Accepted for publication May 2024.
  • Biskis, VN, Wueringer, BE, Holmes, BJ, & Townsend, KA. Using rostral morphometrics to access size class information from historical sawfish specimens. Submitted in November 2023.


  • Haque AB, Charles R, D’Anastasi B, Dulvy NK, Faria V, Fordham S, Grant MI, Harry AV, Jabado RW, Lear KO, Morgan DL, Tanna A, Wakhida Y, Wueringer, BE. 2023. Anoxypristis cuspidataThe IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2023: e.T39389A58304073. Link 

  • Wueringer BE, Biskis N, Pinkus G. 2023. Impacts of trophy collection and commercial fisheries on sawfishes in Queensland, Australia. Endangered Species Research. Link


  • Abrantes K, Barnett A, Soetaert M, Kune PM, Laird A, Squire L, Seymour J, Wueringer BE, Sleeman J, Hueveneers C. 2021. Potential of electric fields to reduce bycatch of highly threatened sawfishesEndang Species Res. 46: 121-135. Link
  • Espinoza M, Bonfil-Sanders R, Carlson J, Charvet P, Chevis M, Dulvy NK, Everett B, Faria V, Ferretti F, Fordham S, Grant MI, Haque AB, Harry AV, Jabado RW, Jones, GCA, Kelez S, Lear KO, Morgan DL, Phillips NM, Wueringer BE. 2022. Pristis pristisThe IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2022: e.T18584848A58336780. Link
  • Fetterplace LC, Delgado Esteban JJ, Pini-Fitzsimmons J, Gaskell J, Wueringer BE. 2022. Evidence of sound production in wild stingrays. Ecology 103(11): e3812. Link
  • Grant MI, Charles R, Fordham S, Harry AV, Lear KO, Morgan DL, Phillips NM, Simeon B, Wakhida Y, Wueringer BE. 2022. Pristis clavataThe IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2022: e.T39390A68641215. Link
  • Harry AV, Everett B, Faria V, Fordham S, Grant MI, Haque AB, Ho H, Jabado RW, Jones GCA, Lear KO, Morgan DL, Phillips NM, Spaet JLY, Tanna A, Wueringer BE. 2022. Pristis zijsronThe IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2022: e.T39393A58304631. Link
  • Holmes BJ, Williams SM, Barnett A, Townsend KA, Wueringer BE, Daley RK, Dudgeon CL, Amstrong A, Henderson C, Finucci B, Huveneers C, Butcher PA, Crook K, Jicks J, Rigby CL, Izzo C, Treolar MA, Gutteridge AN, Taylor SM. 2022. Sharks, Rays and chimaeras. In: Smith B, Waudby H, Alberthsen C, Hampton J (eds). Wildlife Research in Australia: Practical and Applied Methods. CSIRO Publishing. 543-560.
  • Wueringer BE, Henderson C, Holmes BJ. 2022. Chondrichthyans – Guitarfish, wedgefish and sawfish. In: Smith B, Waudby H, Alberthsen C, Hampton J (eds). Wildlife Research in Australia: Practical and Applied Methods CSIRO Publishing. 546-547.

2015 – 2021

  • Nevatte RJ, Williamson JE, Wueringer BE, Gillings MR. 2021. Contrasting patterns of population structure in commercially fishes sawsharks from southern Australian waters. Rev Fish Biol Fisheries https://doi.org/10.1007/s11160-021-09640-4
  • Wueringer BE, Winther-Janson M, Raoult V, Guttridge TL. 2020. Anatomy of the mechanosensory lateral line canal system and electrosensory ampullae of Lorenzini in two species of sawshark (fam. Pristiophoridae). J Fish Biol 98:168-177
  • Hudgins JL, Bell, M, Wueringer BE. 2019. Extension of the historic range of freshwater sawfish Pristis pristis on the east coast of Australia. Pacific Conservation Biology. https://doi.org/10.1071/PC19001 ResearchGate
  • Wueringer BE. 2017. Sawfish catches in the Queensland Shark Control Program, 1964 to 2016. Endangered Species Research, DOI:10.3354/esr00853 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 ResearchGate
  • 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 ResearchGate
  • Nevatte RJ, Wueringer BE, Jacob DE, Park JM, Williamson JE. 2017. First insights into the function of the sawshark rostrum through examination of rostral tooth microwear. Journal of Fish Biology, DOI: 10.1111/jfb.13467 ResearchGate
  • O’Shea O, Wueringer BE, Winchester M Brooks EJ. 2017. Comparative feeding ecology of the yellow ray Urobatis jamaicensis (Urotrygonidae) from The Bahamas. Journal of Fish Biology, DOI: 10.1111/jfb.13488 ResearchGate
  • 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
  • Morgan DL, Wueringer BE, Allen MG, Ebner BC, Whitty JM, Gleis AC, Beatty SJ. 2016. Only a sawfish needs its saw: what is the fate of amputee sawfish? Fisheries, 41 (2): 71-73 publisher, ResearchGate

pre 2015

  • 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. 2012. Electroreception in elasmobranchs – sawfish as a case study. Brain, Behaviour and Evolution 80:97-107. DOI: 10.1159/000339873 ResearchGate
  • 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, Squire L Jr, Kajiura, SM, Hart NS,Collin SPC. 2011. The function of the sawfish’s saw. Current Biology 22(5) R150-R151. publisher, 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:

  • Biskis VN, Wueringer BE. 2022. Citizen Scientists saving sawfish. Newsletter of the Australian Society for Fish Biologists. Vol 50: (1). 12-15.
  • Wueringer BE, Biskis N. 2020. To tag a sawfish. CRIKEY! Magazine.
  • Wueringer BE, McNicholas G. 2018. Searching for sawfish. CRIKEY! Magazine Spring:44-47.
  • 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 in preparation:

  • Biskis VN, Townsend K, McDavitt M, Wueringer BE. Sawfish spotters fill data gaps critical for sawfish protections in Queensland, Australia.
  • 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.