Giant Chinese paddlefish dubbed the 'Panda of the Yangtze River' is declared extinct due to overfishing and habitat loss
China has declared its giant paddlefish, dubbed 'the Panda of the Yangtze River' for its enormous size, extinct following decades of overfishing.
According to scientists at the Yangtze River Fisheries Research Institute, Psephurus gladius, which can grow to 22 feet in length, went extinct between 2005 and 2010.
Extinction has been caused by overfishing since the 1970s and humans destroying their habitat. Pollution and urbanisation also played a role in their demise.
There were only 210 sightings of 'the giant panda of the rivers' between 1981 and January 2003, when the last live specimen was found and released back into the river.
'We estimated the timing of extinction to be by 2005, and no later than by 2010,' the researchers say in Science of the Total Environment.
The fish, which was around 10 feet long on average, was native to the Yangtze River, the longest river in Asia, along with a diverse selection of megafauna – large or giant animals.
These include the Chinese Alligator, the Finless Porpoise and the Yangtze Sturgeon – two of which are classified as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List, while the porpoise is described as vulnerable.
The team conducted a basin-wide survey between 2017 and 2018 and of the 332 fish species found, did not find a single live specimen of Chinese paddlefish.
The team reported another 140 historically reported fish species that were not found, most of which considered highly endangered.
The ecosystem has been affected by human activity resulting in a loss of biodiversity, the result of which may also be the extinction of the Yangtze River Dolphin – which was declared extinct but later reportedly sighted in 2016.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/49107.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Me_no_scribbles, Worksop, United Kingdom
The Yangtze River was the most polluted in the world back in 2002. All down to raw sewage and untreated industrial chemical waste being dumped by the tonne daily. China is also the largest carbon dioxide emitter and they still dump CFCs into the atmosphere....
Global Ambassador, Norwich, United Kingdom
China are a disgrace
,Basseterre, Saint Kitts And Nevis
Congratulations China. Another step closer to destruction of the Earth.
syb, Anywhere and everywhere, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Well done china......
Albany, London, 2 days ago
Unforgivable, wicked & scandalous, that beautiful creatures, evolved over millions of years, should be wiped out by the incompetence & stupidity of mankind.
HoldThePickles, Kansas City, United States, 2 days ago
It's China. Is anyone surprised?
Robert.Hunter, London, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
china seems desperate to kill all animals on this planet
mr bean 1, oswestry, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
All due to world population growth..... shame on the human race
Why.Is, North Of The Isle Of Wight , United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Next..... Rhino horn.......
edddieg, Torquay, 2 days ago
In China being on an endangered species list just means that people will pay more for the rarity
Buccaneer IV, Wales, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Undoubtedly ended up as some weird ingredient in Chinese medicine! Same as the Rhino, Bear, Pangolin and hundreds of other species!
Northenmonkey, Newcastle, 2 days ago
Didn't even have the sense to put some in an aquarium?
Facts and Logic, Dublin, Ireland, 2 days ago
well done China great environmentalism !!
Kinggoji, Detroit, United States, 2 days ago
China, and Asia in general have zero regard for native wildlife.
Completely Average, Somewhere, United States, 1 day ago
Think anyone in China cares?
Stallywaggy, London, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
Humans doing what humans do best. Destruction.
Friend of fre m, North Shields, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
What a disgrace I hate humans
XERIOUS, Destra, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
I dare say the fish was a component in some hokey quack medicine.
Avi69, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 2 days ago
China casts a dark shadow over the whole world
skybinder1, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 1 day ago
China. They will eat anything.