Definition of paddlefish in English:


Line breaks: paddle|fish
Pronunciation: /ˈpad(ə)lfɪʃ

noun (plural same or paddlefishes)

  • A large mainly freshwater fish related to the sturgeon, with an elongated snout.
    • The plankton-feeding Polyodon spathula of the Mississippi basin, and the fish-eating Psephurus gladius of the Yangtze River, the only surviving members of the family Polyodontidae
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    • American paddlefish are mainly freshwater fish but can survive in brackish water.
    • Since sturgeons and paddlefish have lost many traits of most bony fish - they lack scales and have a cartilaginous skeleton - their fossil records are very sparse.
    • Within the Chondrostei, only sturgeons, bichirs and paddlefishes survive today, and many are threatened.

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