Also known as the river beluga they are claimed to be the largest freshwater fish in the world with a maximum size of at least 1 000 kg 2 205 lb and 5 6 m 18 6 ft. Large individuals have been known to carry several hundred pounds of caviar and beluga sturgeon caviar can be worth as much as us 3500 pound us 8000.
True beluga caviar the roe from a beluga sturgeon has been illegal in america since 2005 when the u s.
Beluga sturgeon fish size. Again depending on various factors belugas can grow about a meter every 2 10 years. The eggs of the beluga sturgeon are a rare type of caviar known for the delicate skin however due to the endangered status of the species the caviar is banned in the united states. Like most sturgeons the beluga is anadromous migrating upstream in rivers to spawn.
The largest reported beluga sturgeon was 7 2 meters long and 3 463 pounds. A few others are confined to fresh water. The beluga is a large predator which feeds mostly on fish also rarely consuming waterfowl and seal pups.
The kaluga is one of the biggest of the sturgeon family. Most species live in the ocean and ascend rivers to spawn in spring or summer. Heavily fished for the female s valuable roe known as.
Like the slightly larger beluga it spends part of its life in salt water. The largest captured beluga sturgeon is of size 20 feet and weighs over 7 000 pounds. Sturgeon is the common name for the 27 species of fish belonging to the family acipenseridae the earliest sturgeon fossils date to the late cretaceous and are descended from other earlier acipenseriform fishes who date back to the triassic period some 245 to 208 million years ago.
Acipenser huso scaphirhynchus and pseudoscaphirhynchus. The beluga sturgeon is unfortunately cursed with producing some of the most desirable caviar in the world.
Several other records of aged sturgeon exceed 5 m 16 ft. It is a species of anadromous fish the fish migrate from the sea up into freshwater to spawn. The beluga b ə ˈ l uː ɡ ə or great sturgeon huso huso is a species of anadromous fish in the sturgeon family acipenseridae of order acipenseriformes it is found primarily in the caspian and black sea basins and formerly in the adriatic sea going on maximum size it is the eighth most massive living species of bony fish.
Several species provide caviar from eggs. The kaluga huso dauricus is a large predatory sturgeon found in the amur river basin. The family is grouped into four genera.
The largest accepted record is of a female taken in 1827 in the volga estuary at 1 571 kg 3 463 lb and 7 2 m 24 ft. The beluga or european sturgeon huso huso is a large predator which feeds mostly on fish also rarely consuming waterfowl and seal pups. Examples are salmon and striped bass greek.
Caviar is the table name for fish eggs and beluga sturgeon produce millions of eggs. Beluga sturgeon the largest available sturgeon species can reportedly reach up to 10 meters and 4 500 pounds in size though around 5 to 7 meters and 2 500 pounds seems to be more normal. Fish and wildlife service fws banned the import of all beluga products from the.
Sturgeon any of about 29 species of fishes of the family acipenseridae subclass chondrostei native to temperate waters of the northern hemisphere.