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Set B7 - Freshwater Fish - card information

44. Sturgeon
(Acipenser sturio)

44. Sturgeon

A sea fish that enters large rivers to spawn, the Sturgeon is seldom found in British estuaries. The body is grey or brown, with five longitudinal rows of sharp bony shields; the head has a long snout (used to root in the mud for small prey) and a toothless mouth with four barbels in front. It grows to a very large size, up to 18 feet in length, though normally between 7 and 9 feet. It is caught in large numbers in some great rivers of continental Europe. Caviare is obtained from its roes, and isinglass from the swim bladder.