Eohiodon Cavender, 1966
The mooneyes, or Hiodontidae, are a family of ray-finned fish comprising two living and three extinct species in the genus Hiodon. They are large-eyed, fork-tailed fish that physically resemble shads. Their common name comes from the metallic gold or silver shine of their eyes.
The higher classification of the mooneyes is not yet fully established. Some sources (as this one) place them in their own order, Hiodontiformes, while others retain them in the order Osteoglossiformes.
The mooneye (Hiodon tergisus Lesueur, 1818) is widespread across North America, living in the clear waters of lakes, ponds, and rivers. It consumes aquatic invertebrates, insects, and fish. Mooneyes can reach 47 centimetres (19 in) in length.
Mooneyes feed readily on terrestrial insects, and will provide fine sport for an intrepid fly-rod angler. They will also take small lures and natural baits with gusto. Mooneyes are frantic, hyperactive fish, and their impressive leaps and passionate fighting style has earned them the nickname "freshwater tarpon".
The goldeye (Hiodon alosoides Rafinesque, 1819) is also widespread across North America, and is notable for a conspicuous golden iris in the eyes. It prefers turbid slower-moving waters of lakes and rivers, where it feeds on a wide variety of organisms including insects, crustaceans, small fish, and mollusks. The fish has been reported up to 52 centimetres (20 in) in length. The smoked meat is highly valued and sold as "Winnipeg goldeye".
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