Amur pike

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Amur pike
Свежевыловленная амурская щука.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Esociformes
Family: Esocidae
Genus: Esox
Species: E. reichertii
Binomial name
Esox reichertii
(Dybowski, 1869)[1]

The Amur pike, also known as the blackspotted pike, Esox reichertii, is a pike native to the Amur River system in east Asia, as well as freshwater habitat on the island of Sakhalin.[2] Closely related to the northern pike, it reaches a length of 115 cm, sporting a silvery body with small, black spots. Like other pike, this species is prized for sport fishing.

It is not generally found outside its native range. However, it was introduced to Glendale Lake, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, by the Pennsylvania Fish Commission in 1968, just underneath the range of the northern pike. As a result, these two species do not cross often. Pure Amur pike were last spawned in 1971. All of the Pennsylvania Fish Commission's brood stock was lost in the summer of 1976.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Esox reichertii". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 24 January 2006. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2005). "Esox reichertii" in FishBase. 10 2005 version.
  • [1] Esox reichertii ZipcodeZoo

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