Syr Darya sturgeon

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Syr Darya Sturgeon
Pseudoscaphirhynchus fedtschenkoi.jpg
Conservation status

Critically endangered, possibly extinct (IUCN 2.3)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Acipenseriformes
Family: Acipenseridae
Genus: Pseudoscaphirhynchus
Species: P. fedtschenkoi
Binomial name
Pseudoscaphirhynchus fedtschenkoi
(Kessler, 1872)

The Syr Darya sturgeon (Pseudoscaphirhynchus fedtschenkoi) is a species of fish in the Acipenseridae family. It is found in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan and is currently critically endangered. It was endemic to the Syr Darya River and bred in the Aral Sea before it was drained. Due to the loss of its breeding site and damming projects all over the river, it is most likely extinct, but further research will be needed to find conclusive evidence. But there is believed to be less than 10 which are still alive in the area