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Thursday, March 24, 2016

A Fish Species in Kazakhstan is Extinct in the Wild


The Beloribitsa (Stenodus leucichthys) fish species formerly lived and swam in the Caspian Sea basin of western KAZAKHSTAN. Unfortunately due to hydroelectric dams along the Volga, Ural, and Terek rivers and drainages, the species' spawning grounds were decimated. This species was rare for several decades in some rivers. For example, they were rare to find in the Ural River in the 1960s. Today, the species barely survives in cultured stocks.

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