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Shortnose sturgeon
(Acipenser brevirostrum)
sortnose sturgeon
Description
They are easily identified by their shark-like tail. Their mouths are ventral and broad. Four barbels extend across the width of the snout and are set midway between the mouth and the tip of the snout. Sturgeons lack scales but have five rows of bony plate-like scutes extending along the body. The shortnose sturgeon is brown to gray or black on the back, paling to gold or yellow on the sides and to white underneath.
Dimensions
They grow up to 4.7 feet, and weigh up to 50.7 pounds.
Diet
They are bottom feeders eating primarily insects and small crustaceans.
Habitat & Range
Adults can be found in either fresh or salt water. They are found from the St. John River in New Brunswick, Canada, to the St. Johns River in Florida.
Diet
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS VULNERABLE
All sturgeon populations along the Atlantic Coast have declined due to loss of spawning habitat. Over-fishing has also been especially hard on this species, which takes 7 to 15 years to mature

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