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Lake Sturgeon

  

Family: Acipenseridae (sturgeons)

Distribution and Habitat

N=Native, I=Introduced (exotic), X=Extinct, P=Extirpated

Image/Link Scientific Name Common Name Lake Superior Lake Michigan

Lake Huron

Lake Erie Lake Ontario Habitat
lake sturgeon

Acipenser fulvescens

lake sturgeon N N N N N river and open lake, littoral/benthic

Table modified from "The Life of the Lakes: A Guide to the Great Lakes Fishery" MI Sea Grant Extension, Michigan State University.

Species Profile

Acipenser fulvescens - lake sturgeon

>Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Profile - Interactive Fishtank - Great Lakes Fishery Commission
Bird icon indicates a link to a non-GLERL NOAA siteProfile: WI Sea Grant
Bird icon indicates a link to a non-GLERL NOAA siteProfile - Madison JASON/WI Sea Grant
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Profile - Fishes of Minnesota
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Inland Fishes of New York
Bird icon indicates a link to a non-GLERL NOAA siteScientific Profile: Fishes of Wisconsin
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Scientific Profile: U of MI, Dept. of Zoology
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Great Lakes Sturgeon Web Site - FWS

 

Listed as a rare species in the U.S. - endangered over most of its historic range. Listed as a threatened species in Michigan. Young lake sturgeons eat a variety of small crustaceans like waterfleas and small aquatic insect larvae until they reach about 180 mm (7 in) in length. Adults suck their food up from the bottom. Their diet commonly includes small clams, snails, crayfish, sideswimmers, aquatic insect larvae, algae, and other plant matter. Can live to 120 years. Adult size: 10-80 pounds, 3-5 feet. (MN record = 8ft.)

 

Drawing - lake sturgeon

Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Great Lakes Fishery Commission - Fishtank

Photo - swimming lake sturgeon

Bird icon indicates a link to a non-GLERL NOAA siteWI Sea Grant

Additional drawings/artwork:
GLERL Waterlife Photo Gallery
Bird icon indicates a link to a non-GLERL NOAA siteMadison JASON - WI Sea Grant
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Inland Fishes of New York

Additional photos:
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.EPA GLNPO - Great Lakes Fish
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.GLIN: TEACH Great Lakes
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.USFWS
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Fishes of Minnesota
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

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