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Scaphirhynchus albus
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Acipenseriformes
Family: Acipenseridae
Subfamily: Scaphirhynchinae
Genus: Scaphirhynchus
Heckel, 1835

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  • Scaphirhynchops Gill 1863
  • Parascaphirhynchus Forbes & Richardson 1905

Scaphirhynchus is a genus of sturgeons native to North America. All species in this genus are considered to be threatened with extinction or worse.[2][3][4] As of 2023, the pallid sturgeon (S. albus)[3] and the Alabama sturgeon (S. suttkusi)[4] are critically endangered according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.


Member species are found in the Mississippi, Missouri, and Alabama Rivers.


Currently, three species in this genus are recognized:[5]


  1. ^ "Acipenseridae" (PDF). Deeplyfish- fishes of the world. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  2. ^ Phelps, Q.; Webb, M. (2022). "Scaphirhynchus platorynchus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2022: e.T19943A81762958. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2022-1.RLTS.T19943A81762958.en. Retrieved 6 March 2023.
  3. ^ a b Jordan, G.; Nelson-Stastny, W. (2022). "Scaphirhynchus albus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2022: e.T19940A97435395. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2022-1.RLTS.T19940A97435395.en. Retrieved 6 March 2023.
  4. ^ a b Kuhajda, B.; Rider, S. (2022). "Scaphirhynchus suttkusi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2022: e.T19942A81759618. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2022-1.RLTS.T19942A81759618.en. Retrieved 6 March 2023.
  5. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). Species of Scaphirhynchus in FishBase. December 2012 version.