Tropical gar

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Tropical gar
Atractosteus tropicus SI.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Lepisosteiformes
Family: Lepisosteidae
Genus: Atractosteus
Species: A. tropicus
Binomial name
Atractosteus tropicus
Atractosteus tropicus range.png
Pacific coastal range in yellow (main range inland in river basins, as well as Caribbean coastal range, not shown)
  • Lepisosteus tristoechus tropicus (Gill 1863)
  • Lepisosteus tropicus (Gill 1863)
  •  ?Atractosteus bocourti Duméril 1870

The tropical gar (Atractosteus tropicus) is a species of fish found from southern Mexico to Costa Rica.[3] This gar inhabits a wide range of fresh and brackish water habitats such as rivers, floodplains, lakes and pools, but avoids areas with a strong current.[4] It reaches lengths of up to 1.25 m (4 ft) (although typically less than half that length) and a weight up to 2.9 kg (6.4 lb).[3] 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.
  3. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2018). "Atractosteus tropicus" in FishBase. September 2018 version.
  4. ^ "Atractosteus tropicus". SeriouslyFish. Retrieved 28 September 2018.

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