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Class: Actinopteri
Order: Lepisosteiformes
Family: Lepisosteidae Gars

Genus: Lepisosteus

(See list of species below)



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North America
Max. Length 150 cm TL
Lepisosteus oculatus Winchell, 1864

Photo by Photo by Lyons, J.
 
Lepisosteus oculatus
[Spotted gar]



North and Central America
Max. Length 200 cm TL
Lepisosteus osseus (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Lepisosteus osseus
[Longnose gar]



North America
Max. Length 88 cm TL
Lepisosteus platostomus Rafinesque, 1820

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Lepisosteus platostomus
[Shortnose gar]



North America
Max. Length 132 cm TL
Lepisosteus platyrhincus DeKay, 1842

Photo by Photo by van Uitert, K.
 
Lepisosteus platyrhincus
[Florida gar]



4 species

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Lepisosteus oculatus Spotted gar North America 150 TL 1864
Lepisosteus osseus Longnose gar North and Central America 200 TL 1758
Lepisosteus platostomus Shortnose gar North America 88 TL 1820
Lepisosteus platyrhincus Florida gar North America 132 TL 1842



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