Acipenser sturio was reported from 50 countries/islands


Table 1: the species is currently present in 43 of them (endemic, native, introduced);
Table 2: possible in 1 of them (stray, questionable);
Table 3: absent from 6 of them (extirpated, not established, misidentification, error).
Table 4: all reports listed together.

Distribution: Eastern Atlantic: the only remaining spawning population occurs in the Garonne drainage in France (Ref. 59043, 89072). Used to range from Norway to the Bay of Biscay, including the North Sea, European coasts of Atlantic, northern Mediterranean eastward to Rhodos, western and southern Black Sea; occasionally recorded from the White Sea, Iceland, Morocco and Algeria. Anadromous, in most large rivers, but not recorded from Danube upriver of delta. Recent DNA studies using museum specimens revealed that this species co-exists with A. naccarii from the Adriatic Sea to the Iberian Peninsula (Ref. 52173). Several DNA sequence differences were found between individuals of the species from the Gironde River population and from the North and Baltic Seas showing that different populations of A. sturio are genetically divergent (Ref. 82476). Appendix II of the Bern Convention (2002). Appendix I and II of the Bonn Convention (2009). Annex II and IV of the EC Habitats Directive (2007). International trade banned (CITES I, since 29.7.83; CMS Appendix II).
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Table 1: Present in 43 countries/islands (endemic, native, introduced)
Continent Country Occurrence Main Ref.
Europe Albania ALB native 4645
Africa Algeria DZA native 4645
Europe Belgium BEL native 4645
Europe Bosnia Herzegov. BIH native 3193
Europe Bulgaria BGR native 4645
Europe Channel Is. CHA native 3193
Europe Croatia HRV native 3193
Africa Egypt EGY native 4645
Europe Finland FIN native 6114
Europe France FRA native 2163
Asia Georgia GEO native 683
Europe Gibraltar GIB native 4645
Europe Greece GRC native 113897
Europe Hungary HUN native 683
Europe Iceland ISL native 12462
Europe Ireland IRL native 4645
Europe Isle of Man IMN native 3193
Asia Israel ISR native 4645
Europe Italy ITA native 94493
Europe Latvia LVA native 683
Asia Lebanon LBN native 4645
Africa Libya LBY native 4645
Europe Lithuania LTU native 683
Europe Malta MLT native 33971
Europe Monaco MCO native 3193
Europe Montenegro MNE native 119201
Africa Morocco MAR native 4645
Europe Netherlands NLD native 4645
Europe Norway NOR native 4645
Europe Poland POL native 4645
Europe Romania ROU native 4645
Europe Russia RUS native 26334
Europe Serbia SRB native 4645
Europe Slovenia SVN native 3193
Europe Spain ESP native 79582
Europe Sweden SWE native 4645
Asia Syria SYR native 4645
Africa Tunisia TUN native 4645
Europe UK GBR native 12140
Europe UK Engld Wal GBE native 3193
Europe UK No Ireld GBN native 3193
Europe UK Scotland GBS native 3193
Europe Ukraine UKR native 897

Table 2: Possible in 1 country/island (stray, questionable)
Continent Country Occurrence Main Ref.
Europe Estonia EST stray 33247

Table 3: Absent from 6 country/island (extirpated, not established, misidentification, error)
Continent Country Occurrence Main Ref.
Europe Czechia CZE extirpated 41386
Europe Denmark DNK extirpated 6302
Europe Germany DEU extirpated 27368
Europe Portugal PRT extirpated 4645
Europe Switzerland CHE extirpated 33852
Asia Turkey TUR extirpated 58342

Table 4: Reported from 50 countries/islands.
Continent Country Occurrence Main Ref.
Europe Albania ALB native 4645
Africa Algeria DZA native 4645
Europe Belgium BEL native 4645
Europe Bosnia Herzegov. BIH native 3193
Europe Bulgaria BGR native 4645
Europe Channel Is. CHA native 3193
Europe Croatia HRV native 3193
Europe Czechia CZE extirpated 41386
Europe Denmark DNK extirpated 6302
Africa Egypt EGY native 4645
Europe Estonia EST stray 33247
Europe Finland FIN native 6114
Europe France FRA native 2163
Asia Georgia GEO native 683
Europe Germany DEU extirpated 27368
Europe Gibraltar GIB native 4645
Europe Greece GRC native 113897
Europe Hungary HUN native 683
Europe Iceland ISL native 12462
Europe Ireland IRL native 4645
Europe Isle of Man IMN native 3193
Asia Israel ISR native 4645
Europe Italy ITA native 94493
Europe Latvia LVA native 683
Asia Lebanon LBN native 4645
Africa Libya LBY native 4645
Europe Lithuania LTU native 683
Europe Malta MLT native 33971
Europe Monaco MCO native 3193
Europe Montenegro MNE native 119201
Africa Morocco MAR native 4645
Europe Netherlands NLD native 4645
Europe Norway NOR native 4645
Europe Poland POL native 4645
Europe Portugal PRT extirpated 4645
Europe Romania ROU native 4645
Europe Russia RUS native 26334
Europe Serbia SRB native 4645
Europe Slovenia SVN native 3193
Europe Spain ESP native 79582
Europe Sweden SWE native 4645
Europe Switzerland CHE extirpated 33852
Asia Syria SYR native 4645
Africa Tunisia TUN native 4645
Asia Turkey TUR extirpated 58342
Europe UK GBR native 12140
Europe UK Engld Wal GBE native 3193
Europe UK No Ireld GBN native 3193
Europe UK Scotland GBS native 3193
Europe Ukraine UKR native 897
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