TITLE

Paddlefish

PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
Paddlefish, or Spoonbill, a freshwater fish related to the sturgeon. The American paddlefish is found in the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River and its tributaries. The only other member of the family inhabits Chinese rivers. The paddlefish has a soft, scaleless skin. Its fins resemble a shark's, and its snout terminates in a long, flat structure resembling a paddle. Its flesh, though coarse, is used as food and its roe as caviar. The American paddlefish may attain a length of six feet (1.8 m) and a weight of 165 pounds (75 kg); the Chinese species is twice as long.
ACCESSION #
37309740

 

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