Flag­ship species of Yangtze may be ex­tinct

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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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ZHANG WEI / ASIANEWSPHOTO

(Photo 4) Fighter jets of the PLA Air Force per­form ac­ro­bat­ics at the China In­ter­na­tional Avi­a­tion and Aero­space Ex­hi­bi­tion in Zhuhai, Guang­dong prov­ince, on Tues­day.

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