Goldeye
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Name and Code
Family
Hiodontidae - mooneyes
Species
Hiodon alosoides
Taxonomic Authority
(Rafinesque, 1819)
Common Name(s)
Goldeye
French Name
laquaiche aux yeux d'or
OMNR Code
151
Family TSN
161903
Parent TSN
161904
Species TSN
161905
Conservation Status
Global Rank (GRank)
G5 (2012-02-14)
National Rank (NRank)
N5 (2015-08-18)
Provincial Rank (SRank)
S3 (1988-10-31)
COSEWIC Status
none
SARO Status
none
AFS Status
none
Ecological Value
Ontario Origin
native
General Abundance
limited distribution
Tolerance
intolerant
Economic Importance
commercial fishery
Habitat and Feeding
General Habitat(s)
lacustrine; riverine
Environment
pelagic
Trophic Class
invertivore
Thermal Regime
coolwater
Habitat Preference
deep pools and calm backwaters in large turbid rivers and muddy shallows of clear lakes; often forages in swift currents; optimum water temperature range 27-29°C
Reproduction
Reproductive Guild
Nonguarders: Open substratum spawners: Pelagophils
Spawning Habitat(s)
riverine
Spawning Season
spring
Spawning Month(s)
May-June
Spawning Temperature (°C)
10-13
Fecundity
4,288-25,238
Nursery Habitat(s)
lacustrine; riverine
Size and Age
Adult Length (cm)
25.9-40.6 TL
Adult Weight (kg)
0.21-0.77
Age at Maturity (yrs)
3-6 (m); 4-7 (f)
Maximum Length (cm)
52.0 FL
Maximum Weight (kg)
1.88
Lifespan (yrs)
10-14 (m); 12-17 (f)
Ontario Range Map
Goldeye range
Ontario Distribution
northwestern and northeastern Ontario including Lake Temiskaming, Lake-of-the-Woods and Abitibi River; northeastern population is isolated from the northwestern population
Photograph
Goldeye photograph
Notes
tolerant of turbidity; sensitive to pollution
Ontario Records
Record Length (cm)
42.6 TL
Record Weight (kg)
0.54
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