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Mississippi Paddlefish

Polyodon spathula (Walbaum 1792)

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Polyodon spathula (Mississippi Paddlefish) is a species of bony fishes in the family paddlefishes. They are listed as vulnerable by IUCN, as extirpated by COSEWIC, and in cites appendix ii. They are associated with freshwater habitat. They are native to The Nearctic. They are carnivores. Individuals can grow to 221 cm. They have sexual reproduction. They rely on swimming to move around.

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  • URI: http://eol.org/schema/terms/CITES_II
  • Definition: Appendix II lists species that are not necessarily now threatened with extinction but that may become so unless trade is closely controlled. It also includes so-called "look-alike species", i.e. species whose specimens in trade look like those of species listed for conservation reasons. International trade in specimens of Appendix-II species may be authorized by the granting of an export permit or re-export certificate. No import permit is necessary for these species under CITES (although a permit is needed in some countries that have taken stricter measures than CITES requires). Permits or certificates should only be granted if the relevant authorities are satisfied that certain conditions are met, above all that trade will not be detrimental to the survival of the species in the wild. (See Article IV of the Convention)
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  • URI: http://purl.obolibrary.org/obo/GO_0019953
  • Definition: Capable of creating a new organism by combining the genetic material of two gametes, which may come from two parent organisms or from a single organism, in the case of self-fertilizing hermaphrodites.
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Known occurrences, collected specimens and observations of Mississippi paddlefish. View this species on GBIF