longnose gar in pleasant creek
After a half day, I was traveling back up, and I had to stop at this little overpass to look at the river. :)
*I had permission from the nearby church to park in their lot. I got to show the pastor some of the cool damselflies I saw. Outreach!
All the low channels in this area have been flooded and holding water, so many aquatic critters were in these pools, including this gar and a number of other smaller fish.
I think this is a Spotted Gar, but I'm not certain.
One deceased individual seen at Arkansas Bend Park on Lake Travis. Around 3' long, 4-5" wide.
In American English, the name gar (or garpike) is strictly applied to members of the Lepisosteidae, a family including seven living species of fish in two genera that inhabit fresh, brackish, and occasionally marine, waters of eastern North America, Central America, and the Caribbean islands.