*Not detected in Michigan*
PROHIBITED IN MICHIGAN
- Slender body, grey-green back, white belly, dark transverse rings
- Average length: 50 cm
- 2 dorsal fins, pointed head, many small teeth and a few large teeth
- Not a hybrid of a pike and perch
US Geological Survey Bugwood.org
Habitat: Eutrophic lakes, brackish coastal lakes/estuaries, and large turbid rivers. Homing is well developed and migrations can be as far as 250 km.
Diet: Predominantly feed on gregarious fishes in pelagic waters
Native Range: Continental Europe to western Siberia
U.S. Distribution: There is an established population of zander in Spiritwood Lake in North Dakota.
Local Concern: Introduction into Michigan waters could lead to a crash in some fish communities. There is also a concern for hybridization with walleye.
Potential Means of Introduction: Bio manipulation, illegal stocking
Other Names: European pike perch
Native look-alikes and how you can tell them apart from a zander:
- Walleye: Body color is much more golden, light dorsal fin with a dark area at the base, white spot on the bottom of the tail
- Sauger: Spots on the dorsal fin
- Yellow Perch: 6-9 vertical bars on their sides, no canines