Shortnose Sturgeon, Acipenser brevirostrum

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Distribution:

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Description:

One large plate between anal fin and caudal fulcrum; anal fin rays 19-22; insertion of anal fin opposite insertion of dorsal fin; gill rakers 22-29; caudal peduncle shorter, tip of anal fin reaching origin of  caudal fin; dorsal plates 8-13; lateral plates 22-33; to 36  inches and 9 pounds. 

 

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Similar Species:

Atlantic Sturgeon