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Acipenser sinensis  Gray, 1835

Chinese sturgeon
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Acipenseriformes (Sturgeons and paddlefishes) > Acipenseridae (Sturgeons) > Acipenserinae
Etymology: Acipenser: Latin, acipenser = sturgeon, 1853 (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Gray.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; freshwater; brackish; demersal; anadromous (Ref. 51243).   Temperate; 35°N - 2°S, 97°W - 132°E (Ref. 54266)

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 130 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 38401); common length : 39.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 35840); max. published weight: 600.0 kg (Ref. 47439); max. reported age: 13 years (Ref. 12218)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 50-57; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 32 - 40. Body shields in 5 rows; dorsal shields 10 to 17.

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Northwest Pacific: China and Japan (Sagami Sea) (Ref. 4537). Reported from Korea (Ref. 12218). Pearl River and Chinese sea (Ref. 42845). Endangered (Ref. 6866). International trade restricted (CITES II, since 1.4.98; CMS Appendix II).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Fry can be found in slow moving waters, adults in deep waters (Ref. 12218). Used in Chinese medicine (Ref. 12166).

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Birstein, V.J., 1993. Sturgeons and paddlefishes: threatened fishes in need of conservation. Conserv. Biol. 7:773-787. (Ref. 6866)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

  Critically Endangered (CR) (A2bcd; B2ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v); C2a(ii))

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Fisheries: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00302 (0.00133 - 0.00684), b=3.22 (3.04 - 3.40), based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.37 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Tm=9-26; Tmax=33).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Very high vulnerability (79 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.