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Acipenser sinensis Gray, 1835
CHINESE STURGEON
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Acipenser sinensis Gray , 1835

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Acipenseriformes (Sturgeons and paddlefishes) > Acipenseridae (Sturgeons) > Acipenserinae
Etymology: Acipenser: Latin, acipenser = sturgeon, 1853 (Ref. 45335 ) .  More on author: Gray .

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; freshwater; brackish; demersal; anadromous (Ref. 51243 ).   Temperate; 35°N - 2°S, 97°W - 132°E (Ref. 54266 )

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Northwest Pacific: China and Japan (Sagami Sea) (Ref. 4537 ). Reported from Korea (Ref. 12218 ). Pearl River and Chinese sea (Ref. 42845 ). Endangered (Ref. 6866 ). International trade restricted ( CITES II, since 1.4.98; CMS Appendix II).

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Maturity: L m   ?   range ? - ? cm
Max length : 130 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 38401 ); common length : 39.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 35840 ); max. published weight: 600.0 kg (Ref. 47439 ); max. reported age: 13 years (Ref. 12218 )

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Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 50-57; Anal spines : 0; Anal soft rays : 32 - 40. Body shields in 5 rows; dorsal shields 10 to 17.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Fry can be found in slow moving waters, adults in deep waters (Ref. 12218 ). Used in Chinese medicine (Ref. 12166 ). Reported to reach a length of more than 3 meters (Ref. 109736 ).

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Birstein, V.J. , 1993. Sturgeons and paddlefishes: threatened fishes in need of conservation. Conserv. Biol. 7:773-787. (Ref. 6866 )

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744 )

  Critically Endangered (CR)  (A2bcd; B2ab(i,ii,iii,iv,v); C2a(ii)); Date assessed: 24 October 2009

CITES (Ref. 118484 )

Appendix II: International trade monitored

CMS (Ref. 116361 )

Appendix II: Migratory species conserved through agreements

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969 ): 15.6 - 26.5, mean 23.5 (based on 180 cells). Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805 ):  PD 50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high]. Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00316 (0.00140 - 0.00713), b=3.17 (2.99 - 3.35), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245 ). Trophic Level (Ref. 69278 ):  3.5   ±0.37 se; Based on food items. Resilience (Ref. 120179 ):  Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Tm=9-26; Tmax=33). Vulnerability (Ref. 59153 ):  Very high vulnerability (79 of 100) . Price category (Ref. 80766 ):   Unknown .

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