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Pure vs Tiger Identification
February 1, 2012
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maashkinoozhe
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A few years ago I asked a local fish biologists how to tell the difference between a pure and a tiger. He said that you can make an educated guess but the only way to know for sure is by doing some lab tests on tissue and scale samples. The coloration of a musky varies depending on the water clarity and light penetration. I hear alot of people make statements as if they know for sure. Was the biologist wrong? Do only Tiger musky have vertical stripes? What do you look for to tell the difference?

February 1, 2012
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Some differences, & unfortunately we not allowed to post links, so a google seach will yield some great info on telling the difference along with pictures. Try the MN DNR site.

Tigers:

Dark Markings on Light backround (as on muskie)
Rounded tail fins (as on northern pike)
Scales cover most of the cheek & upper half of gill cover
Pores on lower surface of jaw five to seven on each side

Pures:

Markings on light backround
Pointed tail fins
Scales on upper half of cheeks & gill cover
Pores on lower surface of jaw, more than five on each side
Type:
Spotted
Barred
Clear

So this would be a very brief description of the differences. Hope this helps.

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February 1, 2012
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Pure and a tiger. Can you tell the difference? ๐Ÿ˜€

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February 1, 2012
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Mike D Thanks Thats great

February 1, 2012
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blkdrs wrote:
Some differences, & unfortunately we not allowed to post links, so a google seach will yield some great info on telling the difference along with pictures. Try the MN DNR site.

Tigers:

Dark Markings on Light backround (as on muskie)
Rounded tail fins (as on northern pike)
Scales cover most of the cheek & upper half of gill cover
Pores on lower surface of jaw five to seven on each side

Pures:

Markings on light backround
Pointed tail fins
Scales on upper half of cheeks & gill cover
Pores on lower surface of jaw, more than five on each side
Type:
Spotted
Barred
Clear

So this would be a very brief description of the differences. Hope this helps.

Thanks this is helpful

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