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Fishes of North Dakota

Mooneye Family

Mooneye Family

Our two members of this family are flat-sided and silvery, large-scaled, and have well developed teeth.

Mooneye and Goldeye

These two fish are very similar in appearance. Mooneye are found in the Red River system while goldeye are found in both the Red River and Missouri River systems. The goldeye is most common and is described as follows: flat-sided and silvery with a large golden eye and with only one dorsal fin, located almost directly above the anal fin. It is often called skipjack or shiner. It is important as a forage fish for large salmon and pike. They are bony fishes, best prepared for eating by smoking.
JPG -- Picture of a Goldeye.

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