STURGEON, white (Acipenser transmontanus) is the most common sturgeon species in BC. It is a primitive, elongated, cartilaginous fish living mainly in the muddy depths of the province's larger RIVERS and a few LAKES. It is the largest anadromous fish in N America, reaching 6 m in length; a specimen weighing 629 kg was caught at NEW WESTMINSTER in 1897. It is extremely slow-growing and may live for well over 100 years. Like all sturgeon species, the white sturgeon has 5 rows of horny plates...

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