Yangtze Sturgeon (Acipenser dabryanus)

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Yangtze Sturgeon (Acipenser dabryanus)

Dabry's sturgeon or Yangtze sturgeon (Acipenser dabryanus) is a species of fish in the Acipenseridae family. It is a relatively small sturgeon (130 cm, 16 kg) with a range currently restricted to the upper Yangtze River basin in Sichuan Province. The native population in the Yangtze has sharply declined in the last two decades due to overfishing, pollution and habitat loss, especially since the construction of the Gezhouba Dam which has essentially lead to its extirpation in the lower reaches of the river and contributing to its listing as critically endangered. It is thought that this species only survives in the wild due to artificial restocking.

Scientific classification

Links: Encyclopedia of Life | FAO Species Fact Sheet | Fishbase | ITIS | Pond Life | World Register of Marine Species

Common Names: Dabry's Sturgeon, Jangtze Sturgeon, River sturgeon, Yangtze Sturgeon

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