Acipenser desotoi
Vladykov 1955
Family Acipenseridae

A lateral view of the Gulf Sturgeon
The Gulf Sturgeon shown above is from the Suwannee River, Florida (UF 238429). It was imaged at the Welaka National Fish Hatchery. Florida Museum photo by Zachary Randall

The Gulf sturgeon is physically similar to the Atlantic sturgeon but can be distinguished by the presence of squarish dorsal scutes, each with two pronounced hooks. It can be found in gravel and rock pools and runs of large rivers.

Status & distribution

  • Status — Native freshwater
  • Florida Distribution — Western and North Central drainages
  • River Drainages — Perdido River, Escambia River, Blackwater River, Yellow River, Choctawhatchee River, Econfina Creek, Apalachicola River, minor Gulf tributaries and the Suwannee River
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