- Code: #200
- Status: Wild
- Common Name: Hackleback - Shovelnose sturgeon
- Latin Name: Scaphirhynchus platorynchus
- Color: Jet Black
- Pearl Size: Medium to small
- Profile: Buttery, sweet, delicate roe
- Place of Origin: Tennessee & Mississippi
- Shelf Life: 3-4 weeks refrigerated
- Shipping: FedEx priority
The Hackleback sturgeon, Scaphirhynchus platorynchus, is the smallest species of freshwater Sturgeon native to the United States. The scientific name Scaphirhynchus (Greek) means "spade snout," and platorynchus (Greek) means "broad snout."
The Hackleback sturgeon is characterized by a long slender filament on the upper lobe of the caudal fin. They have a flattened snout that is also shovel shaped.
Hackleback sturgeon are the most abundant sturgeon, found in the Missouri and Mississippi River systems, and are the only commercially fished sturgeon in the United States.