Zander (Stizostedion Lucioperca)

Identification.

Zander (Stizostedion Lucioperca)

A long slender fish with a comparatively large pointed head. The body and most of the head are covered with scales. Two dorsal fins, the first contains 13-15 strong, long spines and is seperate from the second which has 2 spines and 19-24 branched rays. Both fins are long based and high. The head is pointed, the eyes large mouth very large, containing many small sharp teeth.

Zander coloration, greeny brown on the back becoming lighter on the sides and white ventrally. Dorsal fin and tail spotted.

Habitat.

Most abundant in lowland rivers and some large still waters, mainly in turbid waters. It lives in mid water, most active in twilight conditions.

Food.

When young, zander eat insect larvea and young fish, later in life becomes entirely fish eating.

Breeding.

Zander spawn in April-June over sandy or stoney bottom and amongst roots of aquatic plants.

Statistics.

Zander can be found throughout the UK in rivers and still waters. The current UK zander record is 19lb 5oz's.

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