Interim profile, incomplete information
Taxonomic name: Esox lucius Linnaeus, 1758
Synonyms: Esox boreus Agassiz 1850, Esox estor Lesueur 1818, Esox lucioides Agassiz & Girard 1850, Esox lucius atrox Anikin 1902, Esox lucius bergi Kaganowsky 1933, Esox reichertii baicalensis Dybowski 1874, Luccius vorax Rafinesque 1810, Lucius lucius L., Trematina foveolata Trautschold 1884
Common names: American pike, bec de canard (French), brochet (French), brochet du nord (French), brouché (French), brouchet (French), brouchetta (French), bunthecht (German), common pike, Europäischer hecht (German), grand brochet (French), grashecht (German), Great Lakes pike, great northern pike, great nothern pickerel, hauki (Finnish), hecht (French), hecht (German), hechten (German), heekt (German), heichit (German), hengste (German), höcht (German), jack, jackfish, lanceron (French), luccio (Italian), lucio (Spanish), lúcio (Portuguese), northern pike, pickerel, pike, poignard (French), scheckhecht (German), schnock (German), schnöck (German), schnuck (German), sifflet (French), snake, snook (German), wolf
Organism type: fish
The northern pike, Esox lucius, is a predatory freshwater fish that is an opportunistic feeder. It is common in lakes, basins and rivers in the United States, Canada, central Asia, Siberia and many places in Europe. It is also present in the Aral, Arctic, Baltic, Barents, Black, Caspian, North and White seas and Atlantic basins. E. lucius exhibits genetic differentiation among its worldwide populations.
lakes, water courses
Esox lucius can cause the alteration of fish community species composition, by both predation and competition. As E. lucius is an opportunistic feeder, it is able to adapt to whatever prey fish are present. E. lucius may also hybridise with native fish species, e.g. E. masquinongy in the United States and Canada. (Fuller 2010; Harvey 2009).
Native range: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Holy See (Vatican City), Hungary, Iran, Italy, Jersey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan. (FishBase 2010; Freyhof & Kottelat 2008).
Known introduced range: Algeria, Azores Island, Ethiopia, Ireland, Isle of Man, Madagascar, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia, Uganda. (Cowx et al. 2008; FishBase 2010).
Common management techniques used for controlling E. lucius populations include culling and poisoning with rotenone. (Harvey 2009).
Compiled by: IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group with support from the Overseas Territories Environmental Programme (OTEP) project XOT603, a joint project with the Cayman Islands Government - Department of Environment
Last Modified: Thursday, 7 October 2010