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Hiodon tergisus  Lesueur, 1818

Mooneye
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Osteoglossiformes (Bony tongues) > Hiodontidae (Mooneyes)
Etymology: Hiodon: From Greek letter "gamma, "y", due to the shape of the teeth; Greek, odous = teeth; bone forming the base of the tongue (Ref. 45335);  tergisus: From the word tergisus, meaning polished (Ref. 10294).   More on author: Lesueur.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; pelagic.   Temperate, preferred ?; 60°N - 30°N

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North America: St. Lawrence-Great Lakes (except Superior) in Canada-USA, Mississippi River in USA, and Hudson Bay basins from Quebec to Alberta in Canada and south to Gulf of Mexico; Gulf Slope drainages from Mobile Bay in Alabama to Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana, USA.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 47.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5723); common length : 28.3 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12193); max. published weight: 907.00 g (Ref. 3221); max. reported age: 10 years (Ref. 12193)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occur in deep pools and backwaters of medium to large rivers, lakes and impoundments (Ref. 5723, 10294).

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Page, L.M. and B.M. Burr, 1991. A field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston. 432 p. (Ref. 5723)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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