tiger muskellunge (norlunge)
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Name and Code
Family
Esocidae - pikes and mudminnows
Species
Esox lucius x E. masquinongy
Taxonomic Authority
not applicable
Common Name(s)
tiger muskellunge (norlunge)
French Name
maskinongé tigre
Species Code
502
Family TSN
162137
Parent TSN
162138
Species TSN
not applicable
Conservation Status
Global Rank (GRank)
GNA
National Rank (NRank)
NNA
Provincial Rank (SRank)
SNA
COSEWIC Status
none
SARO Status
none
AFS Status
none
Status Notes
none
Ecological Value
Ontario Origin
natural hybrid
General Abundance
rare
Tolerance
intermediate
Economic Importance
sport fish
Length-Weight Regression Coefficents
Intercept (a)
-6.126
Slope (b)
3.337
Length Basis
TL
Habitat and Feeding
General Habitat(s)
lacustrine; riverine
Environment
benthopelagic
Trophic Class
carnivore
Thermal Regime
coolwater
Habitat Preference
warm, weedy shallows of clear lakes and slow rivers; preferred water temperature range 19-21°C
Reproduction
Reproductive Guild
Nonguarders: Open substratum spawners: Phytophils
Spawning Habitat(s)
lacustrine; riverine
Spawning Season
spring
Spawning Month(s)
April-May
Spawning Temperature (°C)
no data
Fecundity
no data
Nursery Habitat(s)
lacustrine; riverine
Size and Age
Adult Length (cm)
58.4-111.1 TL
Adult Weight (kg)
1.3-10.9
Age at Maturity (yrs)
n/a (m); no data (f)
Maximum Length (cm)
137.2 TL
Maximum Weight (kg)
23.22
Lifespan (yrs)
10-14
Ontario Records
Record Length (cm)
132.1 TL
Record Weight (kg)
15.7
Ontario Range Map
tiger muskellunge (norlunge) range
Ontario Distribution
central, eastern and northwestern Ontario
Photographs
tiger muskellunge (norlunge) photograph
tiger muskellunge (norlunge) photograph
Notes
hybrid progeny of male Northern Pike crossed with female Muskellunge; males are sterile, however females are often fertile
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