‘Mekong Ghost’ Rediscovered in Fish Market After Being Lost for 18 Years

An extremely rare species of carp nicknamed the “Mekong Ghost” that had not been seen for nearly two decades has been unexpectedly documented in Cambodia.

The giant salmon carp is one of the world’s most threatened fish. Found only in Asia’s Mekong River, the carp is listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

No adult giant salmon carp—believed to grow as large as 66 pounds—had been officially recorded since 2004, but a 13-pound, three-foot long specimen was reported from a wet market along the Mekong this year after a fish merchant realized it was out of the ordinary and contacted Chan Sokheng, a biologist with the Cambodian Fisheries Administration.

In full: https://www.newsweek.com/mekong-ghost-carp-rediscovered-mekong-river-1747096

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