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

Atlantic sturegon - Acipenser sturio Linnaeus, 1758

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Critically Endangered (IUCN)
Protected by EU Habitats Directive and 8 other international agreements
Natura 2000 sites 16 are designated for this species
Most preferred habitats
  • coastal
  • marine inlets and transitional waters
  • rivers and lakes
  • shelf
Natura 2000 species code 1101


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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 2013-2018 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Protected sites

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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)
Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats (Bern Convention)

Resolution No. 6 (1998) of the Bern Convention lists the species requiring specific habitat conservation measures [and the designation of Areas of Special Conservation Interest (ASCIs) forming for the Emerald network]
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)
Barcelona Convention Protocol concerning Specially Protected Areas and Biological Diversity in the Mediterranean (SPA/BD Protocol)
Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic ("OSPAR Convention") (OSPAR Convention)

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Açl mersine Turkish Fishbase
Akipissios Greek Fishbase
Almindelig stør Danish EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
An bradán fearna Irish (recte Irish Gaelic) Fishbase
Asetras Lithuanian Fishbase
Astourion French Fishbase
Atlantic sturegon English Fishbase
Atlantic Sturgeon English EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Atlanticheskii osetr Russian Fishbase
Atlantichka esetra Bulgarian Fishbase
Atlantinis ersketas Lithuanian Fishbase
Atlantiskÿ osetr Russian Fishbase
Atlanto ersketas Lithuanian Fishbase
Atlantska jesetra Serbian Fishbase
Atlantski jesetar Slovenian Fishbase
Atlantski jeseter Slovenian Fishbase
Attilus Italian Fishbase
Baltic sturgeon English Fishbase
Baltischer stör German Fishbase
Baltiskÿ osetr Russian Fishbase
Baltiyskiy osetr Russian Fishbase
Blini Albanian Fishbase
Blini turigjate Albanian Fishbase
Bradan Fearna Irish (recte Irish Gaelic) Fishbase
Common sturgeon English Fishbase
Créa French Fishbase
Créac French Fishbase
Créach French Fishbase
Creal Portuguese Fishbase
Czetzugi Polish Fishbase
Czezuga Polish Fishbase
Ersketras Lithuanian Fishbase
Estourioun French Fishbase
Esturgeon French EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Esturgeon Atlantique French Fishbase
Esturgeon Atlantique d'Europe French Fishbase
Esturgeon Baltique French Fishbase
Esturgeon commun French Fishbase
Esturgeon d'Europe French Fishbase
Esturgeon d'Europe occidentale French Fishbase
Esturien French Fishbase
Esturio French Fishbase
Esturión Spanish EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Esturión común Spanish Fishbase
Esturjao Portuguese Fishbase
Esturjao solho Portuguese Fishbase
Esturjon French Fishbase
Esturjoun French Fishbase
Étrugeon French Fishbase
Gemeiner Stör German Fishbase
Gewone steur Dutch EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Graa-stepa Icelandic Fishbase
Jeseter vel'ky Slovak Fishbase
Jeseter velký Czech Fishbase
Jesetra Serbian Fishbase
Jesetric Croatian Fishbase
Jesiotr zachodni Polish Fishbase
jesziotr Polish Fishbase
Kestchecke Hungarian Fishbase
Ketschegi Hungarian Fishbase
Kolan Turkish Fishbase
Kolan baligi Turkish Fishbase
Közönséges tok Hungarian Fishbase
Közönseges tok Macedonian Fishbase
Marion Spanish Fishbase
Mersin baligi Turkish Fishbase
Moruna Serbian Fishbase
Mourouna Greek Fishbase
Mouroúna Stourióni Greek Fishbase
Nemetskij osetr Russian Fishbase
Nemska essetra Bulgarian Fishbase
Obiknovenÿ osetr Russian Fishbase
Osstrina Russian Fishbase
Peixe rei Portuguese Fishbase
Porcelette Italian Fishbase
Porcelleto Italian Fishbase
Porcello Italian Fishbase
Rodmage Icelandic Fishbase
Sampi Finnish EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Schirk German Fishbase
Sea sturgeon English Fishbase
Sip Romanian Fishbase
Sipul Romanian Fishbase
Sôlho Portuguese Fishbase
Sollo Spanish Fishbase
Sollo real Spanish Fishbase
Stent Dutch Fishbase
Steur Dutch Fishbase
Stierl German Fishbase
Stoer German Fishbase
Stohr German Fishbase
Stör German EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Stör Swedish Fishbase
store Latvian Latvian NRC
Storijun Croatian Fishbase
Storione Italian Fishbase
Storione comune Italian EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Storione reale Italian Fishbase
Storje Norwegian Fishbase
Storjer Finnish Fishbase
Stourioni Greek Fishbase
Strljun Croatian Fishbase
Sturgeon English Fishbase
Sturion French Fishbase
Sturion Romanian Fishbase
Sturjun Maltese Fishbase
Sturk French Fishbase
Sturo German Fishbase
Sturys Lithuanian Fishbase
Styrja Icelandic Fishbase
Stør Danish Fishbase
Stør Norwegian Fishbase
Sülime Russian Fishbase
Sulio Spanish Fishbase
Surack Turkish Fishbase
Syrick Turkish Fishbase
Szintok Hungarian Fishbase
Tanna Russian Fishbase
Vanlig stör Swedish EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Viza galbena Romanian Fishbase
Xirichi Greek Fishbase
Synonym Author
Acipenser yarrellii Duméril, 1867
Acipenser hospitus Krøyer, 1852
Acipenser latirostris Parnell, 1838
Acipenser lichtensteinii Bloch, 1801
Acipenser thompsonii Ball, 1856
Sturio accipenser Strøm, 1784
Acipenser attilus Rafinesque, 1820
Acipenser attilus Gray, 1851
Acipenser sturioides Malm, 1861
Acipenser ducissae Duméril, 1870
Acipenser nehelae Duméril, 1870
Acipenser podapos Duméril, 1870
Acipenser valenciennii Duméril, 1870
Acipenser europaeus Brusina, 1902
Sturio vulgaris Brusina, 1902
Acipenser fitzingeri Duméril, 1870
Arcipenser sturio Linnaeus, 1758
Accipenser sturio Linnaeus, 1758
Accipenser attilus Rafinesque, 1820

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
FishBase FishBase
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Habitats Directive Art. 17-2006 summary
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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