North American freshwater fishes race to extinction: Rate of loss of species exceeds that of terrestrial animals

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The rate of extinction of freshwater fishes in North America is estimated to be 877 times the historical background rate. Thirty-nine species have gone extinct since the end of the 19th Century. Between 53 and 86 species are likely to have gone extinct by 2050, according to new estimates.

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