10 Most Wanted Lost Species
From the original master list, we narrowed down our focus to the top 10 ‘most wanted’ fishes in the world. Each is remarkable in its own right, and each has fascinating and wonderful stories to tell. Take the Haditha cavefish, which has only ever been recorded in an underground sinkhole directly underneath a shrine near Haditha, Iraq. To gain access, scientists and explorers must head through a slit on the floor of a quarry, enter a cavern and find a natural well 5m below the quarry’s stony floor. Only there, as far as science tells us, can the cavefish be found.
Or the wonderfully named ‘fat catfish’, a true anomaly: with its fatty folds of tissue circling its body like onion rings, it looks like no other species ever recorded. Or the Syr Darya shovelnose sturgeon, one of the smallest sturgeon species ever recorded: this elegant and prehistoric species sports a surprising whip-like tail filament that’s nearly as long as its body and head combined.
The Lost Fishes campaign is about adventure and exploration, seeking out surprising places to find quirky and elusive species. It’s about telling the stories of creatures that have been hidden from view. And it’s about giving them a second chance at survival. Click on each of the species below to learn more.