Lepisosteus oculatus – Spotted gar
Lepisosteus osseus – Longnose gar
Lepisosteus platostomus – Shortnose gar
Lepisosteus platyrhincus – Florida gar
Lepisosteus gars are noted to have thinner, more elongate and fewer gill rakers.
An key difference between both genus of Lepisosteids is that Lepisosteus gars have narrower snouts and are slimmer built when compared to Atractosteus gars. Another important trait to note is that ALL gars have two rows of teeth in the upper jaw, with the second row being only prominent in Atractosteus gars.
Lepisosteus gars tend to be more skittish than their Atractosteus counterparts.
Florida Museum of Natural History
Mendoza Alfaro, R., C. Aguilera Gonzalez, and A. M. Ferrara. 2008. Gar biology and culture: status and prospects. Aquaculture Research 39:748-763.
Author(s): Alexander Eng (Monsterfishkeepers.com)
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