Holster with sword


August 14, 2022

The swordfish (Psephurus gladius) is a species belonging to the class of ray-finned fish (Actinopterygii) in the order Acipenseriformes and the family Polyodontidae.


He was a resident of the Yangtze and the Yellow River in China. It was declared extinct in 2022.


It was one of the largest freshwater fish; its length reached 6 meters. Its rostrum is tapered and cone-shaped, unlike the shovel-shaped toke, but its lifestyle was similar to it.

His way of life

He looked for small crabs and other plankton-sized organisms living on the bottom and in the mud of the turbid water.

More information

The species is on the IUCN Red List. IUCN. (Accessed: July 8, 2011) Brehm: The World of Animals