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Northern pike (Esox lucius)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Superorder: Protacanthopterygii
Order: Esociformes
Bleeker, 1859
  • Esocoidei Bleeker, 1859
  • Haplomi
  • Esocae
  • Umbriformes Günther, 1866

Esociformes are a small order of ray-finned fish (the Actinopterygii). There are two families, the Umbridae (mudminnows) and the Esocidae (pikes).

The Esocidae are named after the pike genus Esox. One highly successful species is Esox lucius or northern pike.[2]

The Esociform fishes live in freshwater, in North America and northern Eurasia. The order is very similar to the Salmonidae.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Haaramo, Mikko (2007). "Esociformes – pikes, pickerels, mud minnows and blackfishes". Mikko's Phylogeny Archive. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  2. "Esox lucius (pike)". Invasive Species Compendium. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  3. "Orden Esociformes-NaturaLista" (in Spanish).