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Two Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon fish were identified during a lakes recovery project in northwestern Victoria on October 29

Very rare fish thought to be extinct in Australia are found in a lake – two decades after it was last seen

  • Two Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon fish were found in a lake in Victoria
  • The endangered fish has not been seen in Victoria for two decades
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For the first time in more than two decades, an extremely rare fish is believed to be extinct in Victoria.

Two Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon fish were identified during a lakes recovery project in northwestern Victoria on October 29.

Work on the lake was stopped immediately to take photos of the fish and extract a small DNA sample.

Two Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon fish were identified during a lakes recovery project in northwestern Victoria on October 29

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Two Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon fish were identified during a lakes recovery project in northwestern Victoria on October 29

If the tests confirm their species, the government will work with environmental advisers and institutions to plan an appropriate strategy to protect and recover this rare species.

& # 39; This is an important environmental discovery – which may restore a native Victorian species that has been extinct for more than two decades, & # 39; said Water Minister Lisa Neville.

& # 39; This rare sighting shows the work we do to protect our waterways and their valuable ecosystems work. & # 39;

The observation took place during works that are part of a $ 2 billion project in search of restoration of lakes used in the irrigation system.

Although still slightly present in NSW, the Spotted Gudgeon was declared extinct in Victoria in 1998.

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