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Edging closer to extinction, this Yaqui catfish, Ictalurus pricei, recently passed away at the Arizona-Sonora @DesertMuseum. It was the only known captive specimen. Just four individuals remain in the wild in the United States.
The only native catfish known to the Pacific slope in North America, the Yaqui's demise has been been due to hybridization, dewatering by industrialization and/or drought.
But there is hope.
Biologists are hoping to develop a captive breeding program using fish collected from the small remaining populations in Mexico. But the simplest part of this will be collecting the fish from the wild. Eventually, a hatchery will be necessary that's dedicated to hold and produce the fish, and a recovery plan will need to be developed. To date, no funding has been obtained.
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