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Northern pike (Esox lucius)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Superorder: Protacanthopterygii
Order: Esociformes
Bleeker, 1859
  • †Palaeoesocidae Sytchevskaya, 1976
  • Esocidae G. Cuvier, 1817
  • Umbridae Bonaparte, 1845
  • 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. The order also has an extinct family, called Palaeoscidae.

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

See also

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