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Bahaba taipingensis

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Osteichthyes
Classis: Actinopterygii
Subclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Superordo: Acanthopterygii
Ordo: Perciformes
Subordo: Percoidei
Superfamilia: Percoidea
Familia: Sciaenidae
Genus: Bahaba
Species: B. taipingensis

The Chinese Bahaba (Bahaba taipingensis) is a species of fish in the Sciaenidae family. It is found in China, Hong Kong, and Macau. Its natural habitats are open seas, shallow seas, subtidal aquatic beds, rocky shores, and estuarine waters. It is threatened by massive overfishing and has been listed as endangered and or commercially extinct. The fishing is prompted by the immense monetary value placed on the swim bladders of this fish. In some markets, notably the Chinese markets, a good specimen swim bladder fetches more than its weight in gold. Habitat loss has also been implicated although has yet to be proven.


* Ng Wai Chuen & Cheung, W. 2005. Bahaba taipingensis. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 4 August 2007. The Latin Name for the Chinese bahaba is bahaba taipingensis.

External links

* Anglers let big cash bonanza get away Reuters April 25, 2008

* Downcast: Critically endangered bahaba caught and sold for $500,000 Scientific American February 16, 2010

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