One of the world’s finest caviar was just saved from becoming extinct by a Hungarian group of scientists. The researchers conducted a series of studies and created a Frankenfish instead, which made them soon realize that they accidentally built a hybrid. The new fish was a combination between the American paddlefish and a Russian sturgeon, which were carefully chosen in order to protect the fish farming industry from being contaminated with carbon dioxide. Even though the researchers have not decided yet for a name, the researchers are commonly referring to their creation as the “studdlerfish.” The full study was published in the Genes journal.
The story of a millennial discovery
The primary objective of this study was to help the endangered sturgeon to reproduce asexually, but in the end, the things did not go as planned. That happened because, instead of providing their sperm to reproduce, the studdlerfish left behind its sperm. One of the many factors that have interfered with the scientists’ goals was represented by the fact that the two species chosen to repopulate the population of the world’s favorite species of caviar were not part fo the same natural habitat and could never have come across each other.
The Studdlerfish, from project to reality
At the beginning of the study, the researchers had two types of fish, one of them being one part of the paddlefish and two other parts of the sturgeon, while the second is one part paddlefish and four parts sturgeon.
What is in for the Studdlerfish?
At the moment, all the hybrids are living peacefully in a specially designed facility in Hungary, where they are well taken care of, and the researchers make sure that they will not invade unfamiliar waters. Their appearance bears a striking resemblance to the sturgeon, but their dietary requirements include microscopic organisms.