Acipenser or Scaphirhynchus sp.
Acipenser or Scaphirhynchus sp.
(sturgeon (eastern species))
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Acipenser or Scaphirhynchus sp.

Common name: sturgeon (eastern species)

Taxonomy: available through www.itis.govITIS logo

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.
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Nonindigenous Occurrences: Two individuals of an unidentified species of sturgeon were released into Guild's Lake on the Willamette River, Portland, Oregon, in November 1905 (Lampman 1946:118).

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: Unknown.

Remarks: None.

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.

Other Resources:
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Author: Fuller, P.

Revision Date: 3/5/2011

Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016

Citation Information:
Fuller, P., 2018, Acipenser or Scaphirhynchus sp.: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL,, Revision Date: 3/5/2011, Peer Review Date: 4/1/2016, Access Date: 1/22/2018

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