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Photograph by George Grall
White Sturgeon

Acipenser transmontanus

Endangered

First Noted by Expedition
November 11, 1805, at Cape Disappointment, Washington.
 

Description
Elongate, rounded in cross section, head slightly flattened; gray above, lighter below. Snout short, broad, pointed; mouth ventral, below eye; 4 long barbels near tip of snout. Length: to 12.5 ft (3.8 m). Weight: to 1,387 lbs (630 kg).
 

Habitat
Over soft bottoms in ocean; in deep pools of large rivers.
 

Range
In Pacific from Gulf of Alaska south to northern Baja California; in fresh water south only to Sacramento River, northern California.
 

Endangered Status
The white sturgeon is on the U.S. Endangered Species List. It is classified as endangered in Idaho and Montana. Efforts are under way by both Canadian and U.S. organizations to monitor the sturgeon population and the dams and waterways that affect its habitat.
 

Note
Sturgeons are highly regarded, both commercially for their caviar and meat, and for sport.


Species information from enature.com
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