Invasive Species: Eurasian Ruffe

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By Evan Kreager
Great Lakes Echo
The Eurasian Ruffe is one of the five aquatic invasive species that The Nature Conservancy has deemed the "usual suspects" in the Great Lakes basin. (Image: The Nature Conservancy)

The Eurasian Ruffe is one of the five aquatic invasive species that The Nature Conservancy has deemed the “usual suspects” in the Great Lakes basin. (Image: The Nature Conservancy)

The Nature Conservancy has named Eurasian Ruffe, a fish native to northern Europe and Asia, as one of the five “usual suspects” in the Great Lakes basin.

This fish has invaded northern Lake Michigan and feeds on native fish eggs. It has sharp spines on its fins making it difficult for predators to catch and eat, giving it the nickname, “Dagger Fin.”

Eurasian Ruffe are generally just under a half a foot in length and have an olive or golden-brown color.

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