About this Species 

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Name:Shovelnose Sturgeon
Family:Sturgeon
Scientific Name: Scaphirhynchus platorynchus
Range:Primarily in large rivers such as the Arkansas, Mississippi, Red and lower White.
Habits and Habitat:Prefers shallow areas near deep river channels. Also found on sand and gravel bars in areas with strong current. Feeds on small aquatic insects, mollusks, crustaceans and worms on river bottoms.
Fish Fact: Sturgeon roe (eggs) produce caviar sold in the U.S. Sturgeons are covered with rows of bony plates called scutes.
As A Group:Sturgeons belong to the family Acipenseridae. Three of seven sturgeons of North America occur in Arkansas: shovelnose, lake and the endangered pallid sturgeon.
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Joe Tomelleri