Acipenser sinensis Gray, 1835
Chinese sturgeon
Acipenser sinensis
photo by CAFS

Family:  Acipenseridae (Sturgeons), subfamily: Acipenserinae
Max. size:  130 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 600 kg; max. reported age: 13 years
Environment:  demersal, anadromous
Distribution:  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).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 50-57; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 32-40. Body shields in 5 rows; dorsal shields 10 to 17.
Biology:  Fry can be found in slow moving waters, adults in deep waters (Ref. 12218). Used in Chinese medicine (Ref. 12166). Reported to reach a length of more than 3 meters (Ref. 109736).
IUCN Red List Status: Critically Endangered (CR); Date assessed: 24 October 2009 (A2bcd; B2ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v); C2a(ii)) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 03.02.94
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 25.07.16
Checked by: Froese, Rainer - 28.04.94

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