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Esox masquinongy  Mitchill, 1824

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Actinopterígios (peces con aletas radiadas) > Esociformes (Pikes and mudminnows) > Esocidae (Pikes)
Etymology: Esox: From Greek, isox and also related with the Celtic root, eog, ehawc = salmon (Ref. 45335);  masquinongy: Stemmed from an Ojibwa (Chippewa) Indian name for this fish (Ref. 10294).   More on author: Mitchill.

Medioambiente / Clima / Gama Ecología

; agua dulce demersal; no migratorio.   Temperate, preferred ?; 53°N - 30°N

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North America: Native to St. Lawrence River - Great Lakes, Hudson Bay (Red River), and Mississippi River basins. Introduced elsewhere in the USA. Native populations are protected in portions of Tennessee and Ohio.

Length at first maturity / Tamaño / Peso / Age

Maturity: Lm 77.0  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 183 cm TL macho / no sexado; (Ref. 5723); common length : 95.0 cm TL macho / no sexado; (Ref. 12193); peso máximo publicado: 31.8 kg (Ref. 3549); edad máxima reportada: 30 años (Ref. 26373)

Biología     Glosario (por ej. epibenthic)

Lives in clear vegetated lakes, quiet pools and backwaters of creeks and small to large rivers (Ref. 205, 10294). Solitary, lurking hunter on other fishes as well as on ducklings, muskrats, and snakes. Oviparous, spawn in spring as the ice melts (Ref. 205).

Life cycle and mating behavior Madurez | Reproducción | Puesta | Huevos | Fecundidad | Larva

Some experts believe that some form of copulation happens during breeding of this species. The female turns on her side to expose her abdomen to the male who then swims against her in a forceful movement. Aftewards, the female takes a rest and deposits her eggs in the sand. This whole activity is presumably repeated one more time (Ref. 205). Other experts believe otherwise, that only a simple and simultaneous discharge of gametes happens during breeding (Ref. 205).

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Crossman, E.J., 1996. Taxonomy and distribution. p. 1-11. In J.F. Craig (ed.) Pike biology and exploration. Chapman and Hall, London. 298 p. (Ref. 26373)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Pesquerías: comercial; Acuicultura: comercial; pesca deportiva: si; Acuario: Acuarios públicos
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