A fish believed to be extinct in 1998 has been found in the Australian state of Victoria. The Southern Purple Spotted Sandpiper, which lives in parts of Australia, was thought to have become extinct in Victoria more than 20 years ago. However, at the end of 2019, two representatives of this species were found in a lake near the village of Kerang. This prompted scientists to further research, which found nearly 80 more fish.
Adrian Martins of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in Victoria.
The spotted sandpiper lives in stagnant water, around weeds and rocks in rivers and streams, feeding on smaller fish, insect larvae, worms, tadpoles and plants. This sandpiper is also called a zombie fish. Scientists will begin a program of breeding zombies in captivity from part of the found population. It will be recalled that koalas were prosthetized in Australia for the first time in the world