Shortnose Sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum)


Taxonomy shortnosesturgeon

Order: Acipenseriformes
Family: Acipenseridae
Genus: Acipenser
Species: brevirostrum

Species Description:

The shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) is a member of the Acipenseridae family and is among the most primative fish species alive today. The shortnose sturgeon is an anadromous fish inhabiting nearshore marine, estuarine and riverine habitats of large river systems, spawning in coastal rivers along the east coast of North America from the St. John River in New Brunswick to the St. Johns River in Florida. They are benthic feeders with adults consuming mollusks and large crustaceans while juveniles feed on benthic insects and crustaceans.

Conservation Status:

Special Concern (COSEWIC 2004)

Additional picture:

shortnose sturgeon