Post date: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 10:50
Updated date: 4/29/14
Pallid Sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus) endangered

 

The Pallid Sturgeon is the rarest sturgeon in North America.  A dweller in swift, deep, turbid rivers, this ancient, secretive, and elusive fish roams the main channel of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, as well as the lower sections of a few large tributaries. There, it uses its vaccuum-tube mouth to suck up the clams, insects, and crustaceans upon which it feeds. Pallid sturgeon are very similar to their smaller cousin, the Shovelnose Sturgeon. 

 

The pallid sturgeon is a critically endangered fish, and as such should not be angled for. Any incidentally caught pallids should be handled carefully and released unharmed.

 

 

Range Map

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