Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Actinopterygii > Order: Acipenseriformes > Family: Acipenseridae > Genus: Acipenser > Species: Acipenser gueldenstaedtii

Danube sturgeon - Acipenser gueldenstaedtii Brandt & Ratzeburg, 1833

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Critically Endangered (IUCN)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Black Sea - Unfavourable-Bad
Continental - Unfavourable-Bad
Steppic - Unfavourable-Bad
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 3 other international agreements
Reported as invasive by NOBANIS
Most preferred habitats
  • rivers and lakes
Natura 2000 species code 5040


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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

Conservation status assesses every six years and for each biogeographical region the condition of habitats and species compared to the favourable status as described in the Habitats Directive. The map shows the 2007-2012 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.

Natura 2000 sites

Not available

Legal status

Legal text Annex Conditions More information
Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora - consolidated version 01/01/2007 (EU Habitats Directive) (All species of Acipenseridae not mentioned in Annex IV)
Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. (Bonn Convention)
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
Commission regulation (EU) No 1320/2014, of 1 December 2014, amending Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein (EU regulation of trade of fauna and flora)

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Danube sturgeon English Fishbase
Esturgeon du Danube French Fishbase
Esturión del Danubio Spanish Fishbase
Esturjao do Danúbio Portuguese Fishbase
Esturjão-do-Danúbio Portuguese Fishbase
Jesiotr kolchidzki Polish Fishbase
Jesiotr krótkonosy Polish Fishbase
Jesiotr rosyjski Polish Fishbase
Karaca Turkish Fishbase
Karaca baligi Turkish Fishbase
Nisetru Romanian Fishbase
Osetr English Fishbase
Osetr Swedish Fishbase
Ruska esetra Bulgarian Fishbase
Russian Sturgeon English Fishbase
Russischer Stör German Fishbase
Russkii osetr Russian Fishbase
Rysk stör Swedish Fishbase
Rysk stør Norwegian Fishbase
Storione danubiano Italian Fishbase
Storioni Greek Fishbase
Vágo tok Hungarian Fishbase
Venäjänsampi Finnish Fishbase
Viziga Russian Fishbase
Waxdick German Fishbase

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
Fauna Europaea search Fauna Europaea
FishBase FishBase
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Species+ Species+ by UNEP-WCMC
Wikipedia Wikipedia
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
European Environment Agency (EEA)
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