Atlantic Sturgeon, Acipenser oxyrhynchus

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Distribution:

maplocations


Description:

Four smaller plates usually as 2 pairs, between anal fin  and caudal fulcrum, first pair may overlap base of anal  fin, second  pair may look like one plate; 6-9 plates, mostly in pairs, behind dorsal fin; dorsal plates 7-16;  lateral plates 24-35; usually to 10 feet and 300 pounds.  


Similar Species:

Shortnose Sturgeon