Lepisosteus platyrhincus
DeKay 1842
Family Lepisosteidae

A lateral view of a Florida gar
The Florida gar pictured above was collected in 2016 in Brevard County, Florida. It is now part of the Florida Museum ichthyology collection, UF 190876. Florida Museum photo by Zachary Randall

The Florida gar has a moderately long snout, and there are no bony plates on the underside of the throat. It can be found in lakes and pools of lowland streams, and is usually found near woody debris or vegetation. The Florida gar occasionally enters brackish waters, and is a member of the gar family.

Status & distribution

  • Status — Native freshwater
  • Florida Distribution — Western and North Central and Peninsula drainages
  • River Drainages — Ochlockonee River, minor Gulf tributaries, Suwannee River, Withlacoochee River, Tampa Bay, the Myakka or Peace River, Lake Okeechobee, Caloosahatchee River, the Everglades, Indian River, St. John’s River and St. Mary’s River
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