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Esociformes

The mudminnows and pike group is a small group of freshwater fish, including 5 species of mudminnows and 5 species of pikes. This group is found only in the northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere, including northern North America and Eurasia. Pikes are long, streamlined, predatory fish, capable of great bursts of speed. They are voracious, and will eat almost anything they can get into their mouths. Pikes are popular with sport fisherman, because they put up a big fight when caught and can grow to be quite large. Mudminnows are smaller than pikes, but are also efficient predators that capture prey by ambushing them with speed.

Contributors

Tanya Dewey (author), Animal Diversity Web.

Glossary

bilateral symmetry

having body symmetry such that the animal can be divided in one plane into two mirror-image halves. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends.

chemical

uses smells or other chemicals to communicate

motile

having the capacity to move from one place to another.

natatorial

specialized for swimming

tactile

uses touch to communicate

 
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Dewey, T. . "Esociformes" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed April 18, 2014 at http://www.biokids.umich.edu/accounts/Esociformes/

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