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Two new, large pike species “discovered” in Europe.

Posted on November 30th, 2015

Intensive research of scientists in the last years, confirmed two new pike species; the Southern Pike (Esox cisalpinus), restricted to Italy (potentially present in other European water bodies in the Mediterranean area), in 2011 and the Aquitanian Pike (Esox aquitanicus), native in France, in 2014.

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Both species reach interesting sizes of around 10 kg and over 100 cm. Unfortunately they hybridize with the Northern Pike (Esox lucius), so stocking programs should be stopped in the native range of this newly discovered species.

Image & story provided by fishing-worldrecords.com .

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