green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris)

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General Information

Green Sturgeon are among the largest and longest living species found in freshwater, living up to 70 years and weighing up to 350 pounds. They resemble some sort of prehistoric creature, possessing a skeleton that is more cartilage than bone and rows of bony plates for protection rather than scales. Green Sturgeon are olive green in color and have a vacuum cleaner-like mouth that is used to siphon food.

  • States/US Territories in which the green sturgeon, Southern DPS is known to or is believed to occur:  California
  • US Counties in which the green sturgeon, Southern DPS is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
  • USFWS Refuges in which the green sturgeon, Southern DPS is known to occur:  Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, North Central Valley Wildlife Management Area  ... Show All Refuges
  • Countries in which the the green sturgeon, Southern DPS is known to occur:  Canada
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
06/06/2006 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Southern DPS - See 50 CFR 223.102

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
07/23/2014 79 FR 42687 42696 Marine and Anadromous Taxa: Additions, Removal, Updates,and Corrections to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
04/04/2007 72 FR 16284 16286 Adding Four Marine Taxa to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; Southern Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris), staghorn (Acropora cervicornis) and elkhorn (Acropora palmata) corals, and the Southern Resident killer whale DPS (Orcinus orca)
11/15/1994 59 FR 58982 59028 ETWP; Animal Candidate Review for Listing as Endangered or Threatened Species.
04/07/2006 71 FR 17757 17766 NMFS:Threatened Status for Southern Distinct Population Segment of North American Green Sturgeon

» Recovery

No recovery information is available for the green sturgeon.

» Critical Habitat

No critical habitat rules have been published for the green sturgeon.

» Conservation Plans

No conservation plans have been created for green sturgeon.

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» Life History

No Life History information has been entered into this system for this species.

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