Discovery of larval Missouri River pallid sturgeon heralded

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The Army Corps of Engineers is trumpeting the discovery of two tiny pallid sturgeons in the Missouri River near St. Louis as fresh proof the endangered species that traces its origins to the dinosaur era is reproducing.

The Corps announced Tuesday that the larval pallid sturgeons were found during Missouri Department of Conservation sampling efforts last June. Genetic testing in Illinois confirmed the fish were offspring of the endangered species.

Joe Bonneau is a South Dakota-based threatened and endangered species section chief with the Corps. He saysthat while pallid sturgeon are native to the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, this marks the first time genetically-confirmed offspring of the fish have been found in the lower Missouri. He says it demonstrates that at least some reproduction is happening in the wild.

FOX 2 Newsletters

Sign up for a newsletter from FOX 2 to get updates about news and weather. We offer daily headlines, breaking news, severe weather, and forecast emails.


Latest News

More News