Flagship species of Yangtze may be extinct
Chinese paddlefish, a flagship species in the Yangtze River, may have become extinct, said a fishery expert.
“It is probable that the Chinese paddlefish are now extinct, a situation which experts are reviewing,” Wei Qiwei, chief scientist with the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, told ThePaper.
The fish has not been seen in the wild since 2003, nor do artificially bred individuals exist, said Wei at a forum on the protection of biological resources in the Yangtze held in Wuhan, Hubei province.
The Chinese paddlefish is one of the world’s largest freshwater fish. It is an endemic species in China under first-level national protection.
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