kids encyclopedia robot

Esociformes facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Esociformes
Esox lucius1.jpg
Northern pike (Esox lucius)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Superorder: Protacanthopterygii
Order: Esociformes
Bleeker, 1859
Families
  • †Palaeoesocidae Sytchevskaya, 1976
  • Esocidae G. Cuvier, 1817
  • Umbridae Bonaparte, 1845
Synonyms
  • 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.

kids search engine
Esociformes Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.