Shortnose gar

Shortnose gar can be discerned from other gar species in that they lack the upper jaw of the alligator gar, the long snout of the longnose gar, and the markings of the spotted gar.

The Shortnose gar lives in the demersal, freshwater environment.

The Shortnose Gar (Lepisosteus platostomus) is a primitive freshwater fish of the family Lepisosteidae. In Greek, Lepisosteus translates to "bony scale," whereas platostomus means "broad mouth. More

Shortnose gar may reach a size and weight of about 31 inches and about 3.5 pounds. Distribution - The shortnose gar is widely distributed throughout North America within the Missouri and Mississippi River system. More

Shortnose gar are more tolerant of high turbidity than other gar species. More

The shortnose gar is one of four species of gar found in Tennessee. They are restricted to the Mississippi and Cumberland River drainages of West Tennessee and within the Mississippi River basin of the Central United States. More

shortnose gar in Montana is a single specimen collected on the Yellowstone River approximately 15 miles upstream of it�s confluence with the Missouri River in 1998 (K. Kapuscinski, MFWP, personal communication, February 2003). More

Shortnose gar record falls, again Terrence Terry is no stranger to the sport of archery, or for that matter, to the sport of using a bow and arrow to land fish. More

Shortnose Gar Fish Species Information Scientific Fish Name: Lepisosteus platostomus Other Fish Species Names: Regions Fished: Mississippi River system, ranging from the Gulf Coast to as far north as Montana (in the More

Shortnose gar are more tolerant of high turbidity than other gar species. They inhabit large rivers and their backwaters, as well as oxbow lakes and large pools. More

The shortnose gar is found in many of Arkansas' medium and large streams, but is most common in the Arkansas, lower White and Mississippi rivers. More

Description - The shortnose gar has thick diamond-shaped (ganoid) scales, a short snout and an unspotted, short, slender body. Seldom exceeds four feet in length. (Click on picture above) Habitat – Shortnose gar prefer clear, slow moving streams, lakes and backwaters. More

Shortnose gar habitat, Vermillion River, IL Photo S. David 2005 Adult Lepisosteus platostomus from the Vermillion River, IL Photo S. More

Article: Shortnose gar (Lepisosteus platostomus) foraging on periodical cicadas (Magicicada spp): Territorial defense of profitable pool positions = Article from: The American Midland Naturalist Article date: More

In Texas Shortnose gar may be found in the Red River basin below Lake Texoma. - Angler Importance As with alligator gar, Shortnose gar may be captured by entangling the teeth in nylon threads, or by bowfishing. More

Common names

Kortnæset pansergedde in Danish (dansk)
Kortnosad Bengädda in Swedish (Svenska)
Kostlín krátkotlamý in Czech (česky)
Kostlín plochonosý in Czech (česky)
Kurznasenknochenhecht in German (Deutsch)
Kurzschnauzen-Knochenhecht in German (Deutsch)
Pikkuluuhauki in Finnish (suomen kieli)
shortnose gar in English
панцриник короткорилый in Russian (русский язык)
短鼻雀鱔 in Mandarin Chinese
短鼻雀鳝 in Mandarin Chinese

Order : Lepisosteiformes
Family : Lepisosteidae
Genus : Lepisosteus
Species : Lepisosteus platostomus
Authority : Rafinesque, 1820