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Longnose Gar

Lepisosteus osseous


Longnose gar are large, cylindrical fish with a long beak-like nose and rounded tail. Their hard, diamond-shaped (rhombic) scales create a very effective armor against most predators. The coloration of longnose gar varies. Typically, the upper side is gray to olive while the lower side is white or silvery. Gar often have large black spots on their sides and fins with a wide dusky brown midlateral stripe running from nose to tail.


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Gar fossils have been found in Europe, India, Africa and South America and have family lineage dating back possible 245 million years ago.

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Florida, USA

Spotted on May 19, 2014
Submitted on Jun 12, 2014

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