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The Chinese Bahaba (Bahaba taipingensis) is a species of fish in the Sciaenidae family. It is a large fish, reaching lengths up to 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) and weight in excess of 100 kilograms (220 lb);It is found in the coast of China, from Yangtze River estuary southwards to Pearl River estuary, including the waters of Hong Kong and Macau. Its natural habitats are shallow seas, subtidal aquatic beds, rocky shores, and estuarine waters.
Chinese Bahaba is threatened by massive overfishing that continues despite legal protection in the mainland China (but not in Hong Kong); it has been listed as critically endangered. The fishing is prompted by the immense monetary value placed on the swim bladders of this fish. In some markets, notably the Chinese markets, a good specimen swim bladder fetches more than its weight in gold. Degradation of its estuarine spawning habitats may also have contributed to its decline.
See also 
- Ng Wai Chuen & Cheung, W. (2006). "Bahaba taipingensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
- Wang, Y.; Hu, M.; Sadovy, Y.; Cheung, S. G.; Shin, P. K. S. (2009). "Threatened fishes of the world: Bahaba taipingensis Herre, 1932 (Sciaenidae)". Environmental Biology of Fishes 85 (4): 335–336. doi:10.1007/s10641-009-9507-2.
- Sadovy, Y.; Cheung, W. L. (2003). "Near extinction of a highly fecund fish: the one that nearly got away". Fish and Fisheries 4: 86–99. doi:10.1046/j.1467-2979.2003.00104.x.