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White sturgeon

(Acipenser transmontanus)


Category: Fish



Also known as the Pacific sturgeon, this ancient species inhabits the west coast of North America from the Aleutian Islands to Central California. They have changed little in form since they first appeared 175 million years ago. White sturgeon are the largest species of bony fish in North America and the third largest species of sturgeon. While classified as bony fish, their skeletons are actually more cartilaginous than bony, similar to the skeletal structure of a shark.



Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Actinopterygii
Order - Acipenseriformes
Family - Acipenseridae
Genus - Acipenser
Species - A. transmontanus

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