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Family: Lepisosteidae Gars



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North America
Max. Length 305 cm OT
Atractosteus spatula (Lacepède, 1803)

Photo by Photo by N. Burkhead & H. Jelks
 
Atractosteus spatula
[Alligator gar]



Central America
Max. Length 200 cm TL
Atractosteus tristoechus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

Photo by Photo by Hofinger, E.
 
Atractosteus tristoechus
[Cuban gar]



Central America
Max. Length 125 cm TL
Atractosteus tropicus Gill, 1863

Photo by Photo by NRM Ichthyology Collection Database
 
Atractosteus tropicus
[Tropical gar]



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)

Photo by Photo by Crippen, C.
 
Lepisosteus osseus
[Longnose gar]



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

Photo by Photo by Lyons, J.
 
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]



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Atractosteus spatula Alligator gar North America 305 OT 1803
Atractosteus tristoechus Cuban gar Central America 200 TL 1801
Atractosteus tropicus Tropical gar Central America 125 TL 1863
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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