Pristis pristis was reported from 47 countries/islands


Table 1: the species is currently present in 44 of them (endemic, native, introduced);
Table 2: possible in 1 of them (stray, questionable);
Table 3: absent from 2 of them (extirpated, not established, misidentification, error).
Table 4: all reports listed together.

Distribution: Circumglobally in tropical and subtropical waters, entering estuaries and littoral lagoons and ascending river courses (Ref. 81284, 81624). Western Atlantic: Florida and Louisiana, USA to Brazil (Ref. 7251); eastern Atlantic: Portugal to Angola, including the western Mediterranean Sea (Ref. 4429; no report since the 19th century [Ref. 116564] ); western Pacific: northern Australia, from western Australia to Queensland (Ref. 7300); eastern Pacific: Gulf of California to Ecuador (Ref. 4429). In freshwater it can be found in rivers of West Africa (Ref. 81284), Ogowe River (Ref. 81284) and the Congo River estuary (Ref. 377, 81284).
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Table 1: Present in 44 countries/islands (endemic, native, introduced)
Continent Country Occurrence Main Ref.
Africa Algeria DZA native 82510
Asia Andaman Is. ANI native 118627
Africa Angola AGO native 3166
Oceania Australia AUS native 7300
Africa Benin BEN native 4429
South America Brazil BRA native 57708
Africa Cameroon CMR native 4429
Africa Canary Is. CNY native 6808
South America Colombia COL native 9260
Africa Congo COG native 4429
Africa Congo Dem Rp COD native 377
North America Costa Rica CRI native 36880
Africa Cote d'Ivoire CIV native 4429
South America Ecuador ECU native 9260
North America El Salvador SLV native 9260
Africa Eq Guinea GNQ native 4429
Europe France FRA native 116450
Africa Gabon GAB native 81624
Africa Gambia GMB native 81284
Africa Ghana GHA native 4429
Europe Gibraltar GIB native 4429
North America Guatemala GTM native 9260
Africa Guinea GIN native 4429
Africa Guinea-Bissau GNB native 26999
North America Honduras HND native 9260
Asia India IND native 45255
Africa Liberia LBR native 4429
Africa Madeira Is. MRA native 74541
Europe Malta MLT native 33971
Africa Mauritania MRT native 4429
North America Mexico MEX native 9260
Africa Morocco MAR native 4429
North America Nicaragua NIC native 9260
Africa Nigeria NGA native 4429
North America Panama PAN native 9260
Oceania Papua New Guinea PNG native 6993
Europe Portugal PRT native 4429
Africa Sao Tome Princ. STP native 4429
Africa Senegal SEN native 81284
Africa Sierra Leone SLE native 4429
Europe Spain ESP native 4429
Africa Togo TGO native 4429
South America Venezuela VEN native 57708
Africa West Sahara ESH native 4429

Table 2: Possible in 1 country/island (stray, questionable)
Continent Country Occurrence Main Ref.
Asia Turkey TUR questionable 57855

Table 3: Absent from 2 country/island (extirpated, not established, misidentification, error)
Continent Country Occurrence Main Ref.
Africa Cape Verde CPV error 94080
Europe Greece GRC misidentification 113897

Table 4: Reported from 47 countries/islands.
Continent Country Occurrence Main Ref.
Africa Algeria DZA native 82510
Asia Andaman Is. ANI native 118627
Africa Angola AGO native 3166
Oceania Australia AUS native 7300
Africa Benin BEN native 4429
South America Brazil BRA native 57708
Africa Cameroon CMR native 4429
Africa Canary Is. CNY native 6808
Africa Cape Verde CPV error 94080
South America Colombia COL native 9260
Africa Congo COG native 4429
Africa Congo Dem Rp COD native 377
North America Costa Rica CRI native 36880
Africa Cote d'Ivoire CIV native 4429
South America Ecuador ECU native 9260
North America El Salvador SLV native 9260
Africa Eq Guinea GNQ native 4429
Europe France FRA native 116450
Africa Gabon GAB native 81624
Africa Gambia GMB native 81284
Africa Ghana GHA native 4429
Europe Gibraltar GIB native 4429
Europe Greece GRC misidentification 113897
North America Guatemala GTM native 9260
Africa Guinea GIN native 4429
Africa Guinea-Bissau GNB native 26999
North America Honduras HND native 9260
Asia India IND native 45255
Africa Liberia LBR native 4429
Africa Madeira Is. MRA native 74541
Europe Malta MLT native 33971
Africa Mauritania MRT native 4429
North America Mexico MEX native 9260
Africa Morocco MAR native 4429
North America Nicaragua NIC native 9260
Africa Nigeria NGA native 4429
North America Panama PAN native 9260
Oceania Papua New Guinea PNG native 6993
Europe Portugal PRT native 4429
Africa Sao Tome Princ. STP native 4429
Africa Senegal SEN native 81284
Africa Sierra Leone SLE native 4429
Europe Spain ESP native 4429
Africa Togo TGO native 4429
Asia Turkey TUR questionable 57855
South America Venezuela VEN native 57708
Africa West Sahara ESH native 4429
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