Re: NANFA-- Masquinonge (Esox lacustris)
Tue, 18 Jul 2000 10:52:40 EDT

In a message dated 7/18/00 10:34:28 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
Ty_Hall_at_eFunds.Com writes:

<< That's what I would have suspected as well, but I do not know of any other
members of the Esox family. So it was a guess. >>

Like you I have never heard of any other members of the Esox family, not
counting Eurasian members. I would've expected it to be some kind of Eurasian
pike, except for the name "masquinonge" being too much like the scientific
name for muskellunge, "masquinongy". Plus the fact that it was not marked
down as an introduced species. It's not a bad guess, believe me! I have drawn
a blank trying to guess what it is ever since I heard of it. Although come to
think of it, I saw a darter species name that I never heard of before, the
scaly johnny darter Etheostoma nigrum eulepis mentioned on a list of species
sampled from L. Erie and embankment at Sterling State park, Monroe County, MI
during a U of M field trip. I'm thinking that the Esox lacustris may have
previously been a "subspecies" of Esox masquinongy that was elevated to full
species status recently.

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