Read about a previous expedition to find the fat catfish here.
Recent rediscoveries have fuelled hope that the species on the Top 10 Most Wanted Lost Fishes list will be found. The Dumbéa River pipefish was originally planned to be included on the list, but a sighting of the fish in New Caledonia, based on a single record on iNaturalist, a citizen science app, was recently confirmed by scientists. Damien Brouste, a naturalist and angler, became the first person with a confirmed sighting of the species in over a decade.
Read more about Damien’s sighting here.
All things being well, some of these other elusive fish will be rediscovered. And, when they are, the real work of helping bring them back from the brink of extinction will begin.
The Top 10 Most Wanted Lost Fishes:
• Duckbilled buntingi in Indonesia
• Fat catfish in Colombia
• Spinach pipefish in Papua New Guinea
• Syr Darya shovelnose sturgeon in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
• Annamite barb in Vietnam
• Haditha cavefish in Iraq
• Batman River loach in Turkey
• Titicaca orestias in Bolivia and Peru
• Itasy cichlid in Madagascar
• Mesopotamian barbel in the Tigris-Euphrates river system in Eastern Turkey, Eastern Syria, Iran and Iraq