Lepisosteus osseus

Lepisosteus osseus
Longnose Gar – Lepisosteus osseus
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
LepisosteidaeLepisosteus osseusLinneaus1758Longnose Gar

Lepisosteus osseus

Unique Characters:  Elongate jaws with many needlelike teeth. Long, slender body covered with armorlike ganoid scales. Lateral line scales about 55.

Similar Species

Atlantic Needlefish Strongylura marina. Very elongate slender body with long, slender jaws with many thin and pointed teeth. Dorsal and anal fins located near the rear of the body. Tiny scales; lateral line scales about 300.

Strongylura marina
Atlantic Needlefish – Strongylura marina