IUCN threat status:

Critically Endangered (CR)


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Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This paddlefish is considered anadromous (spends at least part of its life in the sea and migrates upriver to reproduce). This species occurs in broad surfaced main streams of large rivers, staying usually in middle and lower layers of the water column, and occasionally swims into large lakes. Its spawning period is in March and April. Spawning sites are located in the upper reaches of the Changjiang River. Available information also indicates that spawning took place in the lower Jinsha River between Shuifu and Yibin (Liu and Zeng 1988, Li et al. 1997).

The largest specimen recorded was 7 m in length and weighed over several thousand pounds.

  • Freshwater
  • Marine


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