Chinese paddlefish (Psephurus gladius): Gone Extinct

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  • January 11, 2020
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Chinese paddlefish (Psephurus gladius): Gone Extinct

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III- Environment Conservation 

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  • It is a freshwater fish, dating back from 200 million years ago whose ancestral home was the Yangtze River.
  • It is also known as Chinese swordfish with a snot like structure packed with cells to detect electrical activity in prey animals such as crustaceans
  • It is declared extinct by Chinese researchers based on the Red List criteria of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Overfishing and habitat fragmentation — including dam building — caused its population to dwindle from the 1970s onward

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