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Shovelnose Sturgeon

Shovelnose Sturgeon


Characteristics

  • Federally Threatened
  • Slender and flattened yellowish-brown body
  • Snout is flattened and shovel-shaped with downward facing mouth
  • Body armor on top and sides and belly
  • Bases of chin barbels similar in length and aligned in a single straight row
  • Similar Species include Pallid Sturgeon, which lack bony plates on belly and outer barbels twice as long as inner barbels and slightly farther back than bases of inner barbels
  • Diet: Bottom dwelling snails, insects, crustaceans and small fish
  • Habitat: Large, silty rivers with natural hydrographs, typically found in swift currents and deep channels
  • Distribution: Central South Dakota, within the Missouri River and its tributaries
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