Similar to shovelnose sturgeon, but with a longer and more pointed snout. Bases of the inner barbels are weakly fringed, and the base of an inner barbel is less than half the width of the base of an outer barbel. Bases of barbels form a crescent. Belly has only scattered embedded plates or is bare. Grayish-white color. May exceed 30 inches and 10 pounds. Endangered. If caught, return unharmed to water immediately.