Journal of Ichthyology

, 49:861

The revision of the validity of genus Huso (Acipenseridae) based on recent morphological and genetic data with particular reference to the Kaluga H. dauricus

  • E. D. Vasil’eva
  • V. P. Vasil’ev
  • S. V. Shedko
  • G. V. Novomodny

DOI: 10.1134/S0032945209100038

Cite this article as:
Vasil’eva, E.D., Vasil’ev, V.P., Shedko, S.V. et al. J. Ichthyol. (2009) 49: 861. doi:10.1134/S0032945209100038


The comparative morphological study in different Acipenseriform species demonstrates that there are only two morphological features combining the kaluga and the great sturgeon and separating them from other sturgeons, namely the shape of a mouth and the manner attaching of gill membranes to isthmus in adult specimens; whereas many morphological characters are different in these species. The relations of morphological similarity/distinction among different sturgeon species and polyphyletic origin of genus Huso revealed by both molecular and cytogenetic studies presume the restoration of initial taxonomic states for the great sturgeon and kaluga as members of the same genus Acipenser, namely A. huso and A. dauricus.

Key words

taxonomy sturgeons diagnostic morphological characters chromosomes molecular data 

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© Pleiades Publishing, Ltd. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. D. Vasil’eva
    • 1
  • V. P. Vasil’ev
    • 2
  • S. V. Shedko
    • 3
  • G. V. Novomodny
    • 4
  1. 1.Zoological MuseumMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Severtsov Institute of Ecology and EvolutionRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Institute of Biology and Soil SciencesFar East Branch of Russian Academy of SciencesVladivostokRussia
  4. 4.Khabarovsk branch of FGUP TINRO-CenterKhabarovskRussia

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