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Pike, northern

33 in Metro Beach, Michigan, USA 19-May-2013 Richard Ofner 33 in Metro Beach, Michigan, USA 19-May-2013 Richard Ofner

(Linnaeus, 1758); ESOCIDAE FAMILY; also called great northern pike, great northern pickerel, jack, jackfish

This is a holarctic species, meaning that it occurs around the world in northern, or Arctic waters. In North America it is found in the Atlantic, Arctic, Pacific, Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins from Labrador to Alaska and south to Pennsylvania, Missouri and Nebraska, USA. In Northern Eurasia pike are found from France to eastern Siberia and south to northern Italy.

Like the muskellunge, Esox masquinongy, and the pickerels, E. niger and E. americanus, it is a long, sleek, predatory fish with a broad, flat mouth resembling a duck's bill, and a single dorsal fin located on the posterior portion of the body. In body shape the members of the pike group are all identical, but the northern pike can be distinguished from its relatives by three main features. Most noticeably the greenish or yellowish sides of the fish are covered with lighter colored oblong horizontal spots or streaks, whereas all other species have darker markingsthan the background color.


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33 in Metro Beach, Michigan, USA 19-May-2013 Richard Ofner

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