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Shortnose sturgeon

Shortnose sturgeon


LatinAcipenser brevirostrum
Size143 cm
FoodSnails, mussels, worms and insects


Vulnerable. Major threats are pollution and destruction of habitats.

LocationEastern USA

From the dinosaur age

Looking at the Danube sturgeon, you may be able to sense that it belongs to an ancient and unique fish species. The Danube sturgeon lived during the dinosaur age 200 million years ago and it hasn't changed a bit since then.

Feels its way to its prey

The mouth is located on the underside of its narrow, sharp head. In front of the mouth are 4 barbels. The Danube sturgeon uses its barbels and highly developed sense of smell to track down its prey.

Isinglass (gelatine) from sturgeon

Isinglass (gelatine) used to be made from the innermost membrane of the Danube sturgeon's swim bladder. The word isinglass is from the Dutch: huizenblaas - huizen, a kind of sturgeon; blaas, a bladder.