Common name: sturgeon (eastern species)
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Identification: Vladykov and Greeley (1963); Pflieger (1975); Becker (1983); Jenkins and Burkhead (1994); see Page and Burr (1991) for distinguishing characteristics of these genera.
Possible species include lake sturgeon (A. fulvescens), Atlantic sturgeon (A. oxyrhynchus), shortnose sturgeon (A. brevirostris), shovelnose sturgeon (S. platorynchus), or pallid sturgeon (S. albus).
Native Range: Eastern North America.
Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
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Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps
Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Acipenser or Scaphirhynchus sp. are found here.
Table last updated 10/4/2018
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: The two fish were turned loose at the close of a fair exhibiting freshwater fishes from the eastern United States (Lampman 1946).
Status: Failed in Oregon.
Impact of Introduction: The impacts of this species are currently unknown, as no studies have been done to determine how it has affected ecosystems in the invaded range. The absence of data does not equate to lack of effects. It does, however, mean that research is required to evaluate effects before conclusions can be made.
References: (click for full references)
Becker, G. C. 1983. Fishes of Wisconsin. University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, WI.
Lampman, B. H. 1946. The coming of the pond fishes. Binfords and Mort, Portland, OR.
Page, L. M., and B. M. Burr. 1991. A field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. The Peterson Field Guide Series, volume 42. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA.
Pflieger, W. L. 1975. The fishes of Missouri. Missouri Department of Conservation, Jefferson City, MO. 343 pp.
Jenkins, R. E., and N. M. Burkhead. 1994. Freshwater fishes of Virginia. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.
Vladykov, V. D., and J. R. Greeley. 1963. Order Acipenseroidei. Pages 24--60 in Fishes of the Western North Atlantic Part 3. Sears Foundation for Marine Research, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
Revision Date: 3/5/2011
Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016
Fuller, P., 2019, Acipenser or Scaphirhynchus sp.: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=301, Revision Date: 3/5/2011, Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016, Access Date: 1/16/2019
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