Photo Gallery: Bear-Size Catfish, Half-Ton Stingrays Among World's ''Monster'' Fishes

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Name: Mississippi paddlefish (Polyodon spathula)

Maximum Size: 87 inches (221 centimeters) including paddle

Habitat: Mississippi River Basin, North America

Endangered Status on IUCN Red List (2006): Vulnerable

Population Size: Estimated at 1,353, based on a 2001 study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey

Major Threats: Overfishing, habitat loss, and pollution

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