Tropical gar

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Tropical gar
Atractosteus tropicus SI.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Family: Lepisosteidae
Genus: Atractosteus
Species: A. tropicus
Binomial name
Atractosteus tropicus
T. N. Gill, 1863
Atractosteus tropicus range.png
  • Lepisosteus tristoechus tropicus (Gill 1863)
  • Lepisosteus tropicus (Gill 1863)
  •  ?Atractosteus bocourti Duméril 1870

The tropical gar (Atractosteus tropicus) is a fish found in freshwaters from southern Mexico to Costa Rica, reported to reach lengths of up to 1.25 m in the wild (albeit often much smaller in captivity). The heaviest individual known weighed 2.89 kg (6.4 lb). The tropical gar looks very similar to the longnose gar in color and markings, but can be distinguished by its shorter, broader snout. The tropical gar's diet consists mainly of cichlids and other fish.

Conventional and X-ray images


  1. ^ Froese, R.; Pauly, D. (2017). "Lepisosteidae". FishBase version (02/2017). Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Lepisosteidae" (PDF). Deeplyfish- fishes of the world. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 

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