Transmontanus? Feeling Smart?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Big Ben, Feb 4, 2003.

  1. Big Ben

    Big Ben Guest

    I have to do a paper on the White Sturgeon, Acipenser transmontanus. Transmontanus is Latin for "across the mountain." Does anyone have any information on why that name would be associated with that fish? It just struck me as odd and I would like to add any info to my project, even if its just heresay. Thanks:dunno
  2. alpinetrout

    alpinetrout Banned or Parked

    It could be due to the White Sturgeon being found on the west coast, over the Rockies. Other species are found elsewhere.
  3. Preston

    Preston Active Member

    No real clue, but I would assume that, when the species was first scientifically described, it was done by someone from, or in, the eastern part of the country; hence, "across the mountains" as opposed to the sturgeons that occur in eastern parts. The authority for the name is given as "Richardson" so, if you're really curious you might check out his work.
  4. Big Ben

    Big Ben Guest

    WOW, that makes sense! Thnks guys!:beer2
  5. Greg Moore

    Greg Moore New Member

  6. Luv2flyfish

    Luv2flyfish Another Flyfisherman

    One of my Best Friends is a Fisheries Biologist - I will email and ask him what he thinks and post back tomorrow.
  7. Roper

    Roper Idiot Savant

    Feeling Smartassed?

    ...because they're long enough to reach across Montana...?


    Truth above all
  8. LDR

    LDR New Member

    from Moyle 2002, Inland fishes of CA. transmontanus is "a reference to their wide distribution in the Columbia River system or to their presence west of the continental divide." good luck on the report!
  9. Big Ben

    Big Ben Guest

    I'd appreciate it. thanks

    Its a real quandry
  10. jackchinook

    jackchinook Member

    Feeling Smartassed?

    check out
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