English : Yangtze sturgeon
French : Esturgeon du Yangtzé
Class : Chondrostei
Order : Acipenseriformes
Family : Acipenseridae
Notes : No subspecies known.
Relatively small species reaching up to 2.50 meters in length with medium length about 40 cm. Small but elongated snout, body with five rows of scutes. Coloration is grey to blue-grey with uniformly white to yellow-white belly.
Range and habitat
The species is endemic to eastern Asia and only occurs in the Yangtze river basin, in eastern China. Lives in freshwater rivers with medium to low current and humus rich water.
IUCN RED LIST : EXTINCT IN THE WILD
CITES : Appendix II
Status : The species is extinct in the wild because of pollution and habitat loss by hydroelectric schemes. Targeted by a conservation breeding program under human care.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
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