The northern pike, a prized native but disastrous invasive: Chapter 14

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Abstract

As the chapters in this book describe, the northern pike Esox lucius Linneaus, 1758 is a fascinating fish that plays an important ecological role in structuring aquatic communities (chapter 8), has the capacity to aid lake restoration efforts (chapter 11), and contributes substantially to local economies, both as a highlysought after sport fish (chapter 12) and as a commercial fishing resource (chapter 13). However, despite the magnificent attributes of this fish, there is another side to its story. Specifically, what happens when northern pike, a highly efficient predator, becomes established outside its natural range? To explore this question, this chapter will investigate observed consequences from many locations where northern pike (hereafter referred to as “pike”) have been introduced and discuss potential reasons why pike, under the right circumstances, can be considered an invasive species.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title The northern pike, a prized native but disastrous invasive: Chapter 14
ISBN 9781482262902
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher CRC Press
Contributing office(s) Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
Description 43 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Title Biology and ecology of pike