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Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus).  Photo credit: Edith Carson (NOAA).

Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon are anadromous bony fish that are distinguishable from other fish by five rows of bony scutes along the length of their body, a protrusible mouth, and heterocercal tail. They are slow growing and late maturing.  Atlantic sturgeon have been recorded to reach up to 16 feet in length and 60 years of age and shortnose sturgeon grow to lengths less than 5 feet and have been estimated reaching 67 years in age. They can be found in major rivers, estuaries, bays and coastal waters along the eastern seaboard of the United States.


Shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum).  Photo credit: UMaine.

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