SPECIES ID / Freshwater Fish of the Fraser ValleySturgeon Family (Acipenseridae)The last remnants of an ancient form of fish; originated more than 200 million years ago27 species in the world, 2 in British Columbiaof fish noted for large body size and long life spansLack bones; skeleton is make of cartilageNewly hatched sturgeon larvae look more like tadpoles than fishThey transform into the typical sturgeon body form once longer than 60 to 80 mmIdentification Tips:Top lobe of caudal (tail) fin is much longer than bottom lobeMouth on bottom of headFour barbels in front of mouthRows of bony plates (scutes) along the back, midway down the sides and on the belly Green Sturgeon White Sturgeon–––––– Primary Information Source: McPhail, J.D. 2007. The Freshwater Fishes of British Columbia. University of Alberta Press. Edmonton, Alberta.