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Pike Family, Esocidae


Pike Family, EsocidaeThe fishes of this family have a long body, not much compressed, and not elevated. The head is long, with a flattened and prolonged snout; a very large mouth filled with long and very sharp, cardlike teeth on the jaws and roof of the mouth, and with smaller teeth on the tongue.

They have a single dorsal fin composed entirely of soft rays, and situated very far back and opposite to the anal fin, which is likewise comĀ­posed of soft rays. The scales are small; the cheeks and gill-covers are more or less scaly; the head is naked above. All are greedy, voracious fishes, marauding tyrants, living almost entirely on other fishes. There is but one genus, Esox.