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Keywords:

  • Acipenseridae;
  • behaviour;
  • locomotion;
  • swimming capability;
  • swimming performance

Changes in the critical swimming speed (Ucrit, cm s−1) with ontogeny of 2·5–12·5 month-old juvenile anadromous Chinese sturgeon Acipenser sinesis were measured in a modified Blazka-type swimming tunnel. The absolute Ucrit increased with length, mass and age; the relative Ucrit (body lengths, s−1), however, decreased. Juvenile A. sinesis did not display a parr–smolt transformation at the length or age threshold to tolerate full-strength seawater.