Atlantic sturgeon

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Atlantic sturgeon
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Acipenseriformes
Family: Acipenseridae
Genus: Acipenser
Species: A. oxyrhynchus (originally A. sturio)
Subspecies: A. o. oxyrhynchus
Trinomial name
Acipenser oxyrhynchus oxyrhynchus
Mitchell, 1815

The Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser sturio) is a member of the Acipenseridae family. It is one of the oldest fish species in the world. It can be found from New Brunswick, Canada to the eastern coast of Florida. The numbers of Atlantic sturgeon have fallen because of overfishing and water pollution. It is considered threatened, endangered and even extinct in much of its original habitats. The fish live to 60 years of age, 15 feet in length and over 800 pounds in weight.

References[change | change source]

  1. St. Pierre, R. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service) (2006). Acipenser oxyrinchus ssp. oxyrinchus. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2008. Retrieved on 23 February 2009.