Alligator Gar (Atractosteus spatula)

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Alligator Gar

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Alligator Gar

Atractosteus spatula

Difficult

3,406.871 liters
3,406,870.602 mL
3406.9 Litres (900 US G.)

120.079 in 300-305 cm (118.1-120.1")

sg

Freshwater

pH

7.0 - 7.5

291.483 K
18.333 °C
524.67 °R
297.039 K
23.889 °C
534.67 °R
18.3-23.9°C (65 -75 °F)

8-15 °d

1:1 M:F

10-20 years



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Additional names

Alligator Gar, Gator Gar

Additional scientific names

Atractosteus adamantinus, Atractosteus lucius, Esox cepedianus, Lepisosteus berlandieri, Lepisosteus ferox, Lepisosteus spatula, Litholepis adamantinus


Origin

This fish inhabits slow-moving rivers and ponds in the south-eastern United States. Occasionally found in Brackish water.

Sexing

It is difficult to visually sex Alligator Gars.

Tank compatibility

This is the largest of the Gar species, and is therefore best kept in public aquaria for it's sheer size. It will also consume any fish it can fit in it's large mouth.

Diet

Will eat fish, crustaceans, anything unfortunate enough to swim by!

Feeding regime

Environment Specifics

Behaviour

A solitary aggressive fish It will lurk in the reeds and plant life waiting for their food to come into reach.

Identification

These are exceptionally large fish. A mature Alligator Gar possesses a dual row of large teeth in the upper jaw. It is these remarkably alligator-like teeth which gives it its name. They have a very long body with a pointed snout, their fins are rounded and paddle-like.

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