The Chinese Paddlefish (Psephurus gladius) is listed as 'Critically Endangered' on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It was one of the largest freshwater fishes in the world.
Chinese paddlefish declared EXTINCT after no new sightings reported since 2009 THE GIANT Chinese paddlefish has been declared extinct in a solemn start to the year 2020. Scientists from China said recently that the Chinese Paddlefish, once plentiful in the Yangtze River, is now extinct, making it the first such instance in 2020. A team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences in Wuhan, China has declared the Chinese paddlefish (Psephurus gladius) as extinct. The decline is due to the fragmentation and loss of spawning habitat. ‘Based on 210 sightings of Chinese paddlefish during the period 1981–2003, we estimated the timing of extinction to be by 2005, and no later than by 2010,’ said the paper. The Chinese Paddlefish is a potamodromous (freshwater only) species. There have been only 2 reported sightings of Chinese paddlefishes at the Yangtze basin since 2000. The decline is due to the fragmentation and loss of spawning habitat. The Chinese Paddlefish is listed as 'Critically Endangered' on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Sightings of the fish continued in the 1990s, but in 1995 the last young individual was seen in the wild. The Chinese paddlefish, also referred to as the Chinese-swordfish, was one of the world’s largest fishes that was declared extinct by Chinese fisheries experts in 2019.
It inhabited the Yangtze River basin. Analysis also showed that the paddlefish probably first became functionally extinct by 1993, by being rendered unable to reproduce. Vulnerability.
Researchers declared the Chinese paddlefish as extinct, over a decade after the last known sightings of the species. it was unable to reproduce) by 1993, before it went extinct. The giant Chinese paddlefish was one of the largest freshwater fish in the world. (The North American paddlefish is a planktivore, and sturgeons prefer shellfish.)
There have been no sightings of wild Chinese Paddlefish since 2003.
Based on 210 sightings of Chinese paddlefish during the period 1981–2003, we estimated the timing of extinction to be by 2005, and no later than by 2010. Giant Chinese paddlefish dubbed the 'Panda of the Yangtze River' is declared extinct due to overfishing and habitat loss. In addition, the paddlefish probably became functionally extinct (i.e. Even ancient Chinese emperors dined on the species. That was the last of the species ever seen alive. In 2003, Wei and colleagues attached a tracking tag to a Chinese paddlefish that was accidentally captured near Yibin, in south-central China. They released it to see where it might go, but within hours lost all signals from the tag.  Anecdotal reports indicate the Chinese paddlefish can reach 7 m (23 ft) in length and weight up to a 500 kg (1,100 lb), or even several thousand pounds. The largest Chinese paddlefish grew up to 3 metres (9.8 feet)… Based on the last 210 sightings of Chinese paddlefish during the period 1981-2003, the statistical analysis of sighting records indicated that the species became extinct by 2005, and no later than by 2010. Chinese Paddlefish: How We Killed It. During the period of 1981-2003, 210 sightings of the Chinese paddlefish were found, and hence the time of extinction can be placed at 2005. It is likely that the lack of reproduction was among the major causes of extinction. Limited research has been conducted on the species maximum size and weight as a result of its endangered status and lack of sightings …
The researchers also studied pre-existing data on the Chinese paddlefish and discovered there had been a total of 210 sightings of the species between 1981 and 2003, the majority of which came from below the Gezhouba Dam. China listed the paddlefish as a protected species in 1989. Historically, Chinese paddlefish were caught effortlessly by fishermen – they formed schools, swimming on the surface of the river and they were an easy target – and they were prized for their plentiful flesh and eggs.
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