One of the nation's indigenous fish species, the Taiwan lesser-bream, appears to have disappeared from its last remaining natural habitat.
Lin Chih-mo (林智謀) of the Society of Wilderness (荒野保護協會), said that last year, the fish could be seen sporadically in Emerald Lake (翠湖) in Sijhih (
The Taiwan lesser-bream is a freshwater species unique to Taiwan.
Twenty years ago, they were common in the waterways of Keelung, but in recent years, Emerald Lake was their last surviving habitat.
However, members of a nearby temple introduced larger species into the lake which ate the lesser-bream and destroyed its habitat.
Over the last few years, the society had tried to transplant the fish into other lakes in a last ditch effort to save the species.
However, this approach was criticized because it introduced an alien species that could interfere with the lakes' natural ecology.
Lai Hung-chih (