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Gar fishes are living fossils

April 20, 2013
By GARRY BRANDENBURG , Times-Republican

ALLIGATOR GAR, Atractosteus spatula, is a big fish when adult. It can grow to lengths of over nine feet and weigh up to 350 pounds. All that on diet of other fishes. Alligator gar are an apex predator species. More common sizes of this finny critter with interlocking rhombic, or diamond shaped scales, are caught by anglers when it is only 4 to 6 feet long. Anyway you look at it, this fish with a mouthful of teeth will make you think twice about getting too close. If you are any species of fish smaller than this predator, consider yourself on the menu. They are fierce predators that are the most vicious of fishes, attacking anything in its path. Please note that "vicious" is the human term applied to what this fish was designed to do for its own survival.

 
 
 

 

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