-GAR-CON 2012 Preview…–

-Just a quick photographic preview of some of the things coming soon from “Gar-Con 2012” (International Network for Lepisosteid Research Conference 2012). Check out this tropical gar (Atractosteus tropicus) from the gar farm; much more to come!–

 

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-GARgantuan Alligator Gar (98″, +300 lbs) Bowfished in Texas–

-See photo and link for the story of a giant alligator gar (Atractosteus spatula) that was recently bowfished in Texas.  This alligator gar is one of the largest in recent history (over 8′ long and over 300 lbs), even though an accurate weight could not be determined.  Information is not provided as to whether or not the large female gator gar had already spawned by the time of capture (it was bowfished out of a spawning group); it would be unfortunate to lose those good genes from the pool.  It would also be interesting to analyze aging structures (otoliths, scales) from the individual to determine how old this fish was (alligator gars have been aged to over 70 years).  This fish at least gives hope that there are still monster alligator gars still out there…and hopefully those beasts are able to evade capture for many more years.

Original article from Caller.com

GrindTV article

 

-National Geographic Photo – Gator vs Gar

-A great photo from National Geographic: “Down the Hatch” captures an alligator eating a Florida gar (Lepisosteus platyrhincus).  The caption on the site actually misidentifies the gar as an alligator gar (Atractosteus spatula), but morphology (also locality) definitely indicate L. platyrhincus.  We have submitted a message to them with this information (we will see if it is fixed!)  Great photograph reGARdless!–

LINK to National Geographic

-In Preparation for the Gar Conference…–

Just a couple quick shots of the Cuban and spotted gar groups which were well-fed before I leave for the gar conference (they will still be monitored).  Onward to Villahermosa, the gar conference, and the tropical gar farm!–

-First Complete Molecular Phylogeny of Gars Published!–

The first complete molecular phylogeny of living gars (Lepisosteidae) was published in the June 2012 issue of Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.  Abstract and table/figure summaries are available HERE.  Researchers and others interested in the full article please contact me at solomon.r.david@gmail.com.  Many thanks to all involved with completing this important analysis!

-Massive Longnose Gar Spawning Groups in Ohio–

Massive spawning group of longnose gars (Lepisosteus osseus) in northwest Ohio. Article by Toledo Blade on longnose gars and other fishes observed spawning this season located HERE.

-Aquaculture of Tropical Gars in Mexico–

In anticipation of my upcoming trip to Villahermosa (Tabasco state, Mexico), here is a great video put together by colleagues at the tropical gar aquaculture farm (Otot-Ibam) highlighting their gar production. Great shots/sequences of gar development and the culture process. I’ll be presenting at the 4th International Meeting on Lepisosteid Research in mid-June, and we’ll get to tour the farm as well as participate in workshops.

Tropical gar (Atractosteus tropicus) Aquaculture

-Successful Captive Spawning of Alligator Gars at NSU!–

Research on alligator gars at Nicholls State University & LSU

Students (from left) Paige O’Malley, Matthew Moroney and Courtney Stauderman remove an alligator gar from a holding tank at the LSU AgCenter Aquaculture Research Station in Baton Rouge. The gar were spawned in holding tanks as part of a research project studying methods of rearing the fish in captivity.
Photo: Craig Gautreaux/LSU AgCenter

Welcome!

This site is dedicated to all things involving gars (members of the family Lepisosteidae, aka garfishes, garpike, lepisosteids), primarily focusing on ecology, natural history, conservation, and current research.
This site is still under construction…updates coming soon!–

~Solomon David (E_americanus)

Solomon R David, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Natural Resources & Environment
University of Michigan

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