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Blue Perch

Discussion in 'Fish Taxidermy' started by TR, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. TR

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    Received a call this morning from a customer who caught a 12" blue perch. he was told it was very rare and should have it mounted and to call me. I was wondering how rare it actually is and if anyone has any photos of one.
     
  2. D.C.O

    D.C.O Dreamcatcher Outfitters & Taxidermy

    I have heard of blue walleye's but not perch? I am also interested
     

  3. Wildside

    Wildside Active Member

    Same here
     
  4. Blue Perch are rare but not that rare.

    Basically it is a genetic glitch causing a lack of yellow pigment. it can also happen with a lack of blue pigment.

    If you have ever seen or raised Budgies you have seen Blue, Yellow, Green, White... phases.
    Green is the natural color phase.
    Blue phase lacks the yellow pigment.
    Yellow phase lacks the blue pigment.
    White lacks all colored pigment.
    This is all very simplified of course, but you get the idea.

    Here is a typical blue perch
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    So basically it is a yellow perch but without the yellow.
    And the blue walleye was a separate species or subspecies of walleye.
     
  5. D.C.O

    D.C.O Dreamcatcher Outfitters & Taxidermy

    Easy paint schedule LOL :D
     
  6. Never heard of one. The pic that Jknuth posted is really cool be a really neat fish to have
     
  7. TR

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    Josh your photo is basically what customer described ....aqua blue body with usual perch markings, solid white lower fins and grayish upper fins.
     
  8. Perca

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  9. Now THAT! is cool looking.
    is that a full Leucistic perch? It seems to have very very little black pigmentation and no yellow.
    Paint one of those and put it in a competition. HAHA
    hmmmmm........:D
     
  10. Perca

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    "is that a full Leucistic perch?"

    A presumable prediction from perch's phenotype. ;)
     
  11. I'm pleasantly pleased by your poetic and profound yet prompt reply.
    ;)
     
  12. BVanKirk

    BVanKirk package deal

    easy on the alliteration, the rest of the letter people will be jealous
     
  13. Monty Artrip

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    Just out of curiousity, do they grow as large as other perch?
     
  14. Yup, its just a genetic issue that effects the pigment. everything else is normal.
    Although they may stand out more to predators.
     
  15. 7-Point

    7-Point Active Member

    i don't care how rare they are, if i caught a blue perch i would definetly put it on the wall. that is one cool looking fish
     
  16. jemmick

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    What an education one can get on here. It so great to be informed but for me it's back to tackidermy colledge!!!
     
  17. KAMoHunter

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    the blue walleye used to also be known to many as a blue pike. im not sure if they are completely extinct or not but i know that if they aren't they are close.
     
  18. They are considered extinct unfortunately.
    They are genetically trying to get them back from preserved specimens.

    Occasionally a Blue colored walleye is caught, but they are different.
    It is actually a blue pigment in the slime, very odd. The true Blue walleye has a few physical differences then a walleye.
    Larger eyes is one feature.
     
  19. Perca

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    About 14 years ago I was in Canada fishing with my son. He caught a blue pike on that trip. It was caught from Lipsett Lake south of Lake Missinabe. The pike was BLUE and I vividly remember that it had no spots anywhere on it. I don't know if I took a photo of it and if I did it wiill be a chore to find it, but I'll look. We have caught several blue walleyes in Canada.
     
  20. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Josh, EVERYTIME I see your avatar, I giggle!!!!