Baiji

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Baiji
An illustration of the Baiji
Size comparison against an average human
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Subclass: Eutheria
Order: Cetacea
Suborder: Odontoceti
Superfamily: Platanistoidea
Family: Lipotidae
Genus: Lipotes
Species: L. vexillifer
Binomial name
Lipotes vexillifer
Miller, 1918
Natural range of the Baiji

The Baiji (Chinese: 白鱀豚 ; pinyin: báijìtún) called also Chinese River Dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer) is a river dolphin. It was found only in the Yangtze River in China. The baiji was declared extinct in 2007 by the Chinese Academy of Science.[source?]

Description[change | edit source]

The baiji is a graceful animal, with a long, narrow and slightly upturned beak and a flexible neck. As opposed to some other freshwater dolphins, like the Indus River dolphin, its eyes are functional, although greatly reduced. Its coloration is bluish-gray to gray above and white to ashy-white below. It weighs 135 - 230 kg (300 - 510 lb) and measures as much as 2.5 m (8.2') in length.