Spotted Muskie is a variety of family muskies, two different species differ in this species.
Muskie pantera negra: The Black Panther pattern is the rarest of all Muskie patterns and although this variation is found in many lakes, Lake St. Clair seems to produce more.
Muskie leopard: Leopard pattern is more common on Lake St. Clair and the largest lakes in northwestern Ontario, como Eagle Lake, Canyon Lake, Lake y Lake Wabigoon Dinorwic.
Muskellunge (Masquinongy Esox), Also it is known as muskelunge, muscallonge, milliganongo Maskinongé (Y, a menudo abreviado “Muskie”O”almizclado”), It's a big fish , relatively uncommon, Freshwater in North America. Muskellunge is the largest member of the family, Esocidae. The name comes from the Ojibwe word maashkinoozhe, Que significa “pica feo”, a modo de Ingles elongate mask (modified by Ojibwe word etymology popular), “Alargada máscara”.El nombre común en lengua francesa es masquinongé o Maskinongé.
Muskellunge closely they resemble other Esocidos , As the lucio and Sollos of America in both appearance and behavior. the body is typical ambush predators with an elongated body, flathead,Pelvic and anal fins are situated far behind in the body.
One sure way to differentiate the two species is to have sensory pores on the underside of the jaw. A Muskie will have seven or more per side, while the pike never have more than six. The lobes of the caudal fin in muskellunge tail hit a sharper point, while northern pike are generally more rounded. further, Another difference with pike, It is that losMuskies not have scales in the lower half of the operculum.
Muskellunge can reach lengths of 60-150 cm (2,0-4,9 m) and weight of more than 30kg (66libra).
The Muskies take advantage of any prey passing within reach. Most of the diet consists of fish, also it includes crayfish, frogs, pathos, snakes, muskrat, mice, Other small mammals, And small birds. The mouth is large with dangerous teeth. Usually they catch their prey by the head, They hunt prey that are up to 30% total length. In the spring, They tend to prefer smaller prey because their metabolism is slower and in the winter they like larger prey.
The muskellunge is gregarious. They spawn in mid to late spring, somewhat later than pike, shallowest, vegetated areas. The males arrive first and try to establish dominance over territory. Spawning can last from five to ten days and occurs mainly at night. Zygotes adhere to plants and are then abandoned by adults. Those embryos that are not eaten by fish, insects or crabs hatch in two weeks. The larvae live in the egg until the mouth is fully developed, moment they begin to feed on copepods and zooplankton. Soon they start to catch fish.
The adults have few predators muskies, except birds of prey and fishermen, But the youth are consumed by other Muskies ,( northern pike, Bass and Sunfish). The reproduction rate is low and slow growth makes the population being highly vulnerable to overfishing. This has led some countries to establish artificial breeding programs in an attempt to keep population rates.