New York Natural Heritage Program
Shortnose Sturgeon
Acipenser brevirostrum LeSueur, 1818
Ray-finned Fishes
Shortnose Sturgeon
Family: Sturgeons (Acipenseridae)

State Protection: Endangered
A native species in imminent danger of extirpation or extinction in New York (includes any species listed as federally Endangered by the United States). It is illegal to take, import, transport, possess, or sell an animal listed as Endangered, or its parts, without a permit from NYSDEC. 1) Any native species in imminent danger of extirpation or extinction in New York. 2) Any species listed as endangered by the United States Department of the Interior.

Federal Protection: Endangered
Listed as Endangered in the United States by the US Department of Interior.


State Rarity Rank: S1
A State Rarity Rank of S1 means: Typically 5 or fewer occurrences, very few remaining individuals, acres, or miles of stream, or some factor of its biology makes it especially vulnerable in New York State.

Global Rarity Rank: G3
A Global Rarity Rank of G3 means: Either rare and local throughout its range (21 to 100 occurrences), or found locally (even abundantly at some of its locations) in a restricted range (e.g. a physiographic region), or vulnerable to extinction throughout its range because of other factors.


Did you know?
Sturgeon appearance today is almost the same as when dinosaurs walked the earth during the Triassic period, 245 to 208 million years ago. They are among the oldest living fish species.

State Ranking Justification [-]
In New York, this sturgeon is found only in the Hudson River, where it moves seasonally from New York Harbor to the Troy Dam. Only one extant and one historical spawning area are known.

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