different "gar"s Re: NANFA-- Want Alligator Gar?

Tony (anutej_at_loxinfo.co.th)
Fri, 15 Dec 2000 13:01:35 +0700

I think what you talk about is the pike livebearer of the genus Belonesox from the
New World [not Asian native]. I think there are quite a number of fishes sold
with the word "gar" or "pike" in it and trade name varies a lot. None of the
"gar" look really real gar though but some "pike" do look a bit like pike. The
halfbeak relative I talk about are in the genus Zenarchopterus [may be misspell]
which can be 14 -25 cm long and have upper jaw much shorter than lower jaw just
like normal halfbeak. I doubt it is in the trade though.


archimed_at_netdoor.com wrote:

> On 14 Dec 2000, at 9:22, Ty_Hall_at_eFunds.Com wrote:
> >
> > I have seen a fish called the Asian Gar in the LFS. Is this not a true Gar?
> > The ones I've seen where very Gar-ish (no pun intended) in their
> > appearance. I have a Half-Beak in my tropical community tank and while he
> > is similar to a Gar they are quite different. I don't think these where
> > Half-Beaks. Next time I see them I'll get a species name for them.
> There is a livebearing fish (not a halfbeak) which is sometimes sold
> in LFS's as a gar. I don't know the family, genus, or species, but
> they are not even in the same order as our native gars. Nor even in
> the same class, now that I think about it.
> Prost,
> Martin
> Jackson, MS

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