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Longnose Gar (Lepisosteus osseus)


Description:  Longnose Gar is long and cylindrical, with a small head featuring a long, narrow jaw twice the length of the head, many needle-like teeth, and a dorsal fin placed near its tail. Its colouration is olive to brown with a white belly, and may have spots on its sides, fins and tail. Young fish have a blackish lateral band. The average size for females is 51 to 126 cm; and males 44 to 103 cm.

Habitat: This species prefers warm, shallow areas with weak to no current, including vegetated bays and other backwaters.