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The gar has a beak-like mouth with lots of teeth and is therefore also referred to as the ‘Caiman fish’. As a unique feature among fish it has a functioning joint at the back of the head which enables the gar to nod. These fish are regarded as living fossils in that their ancestors were found on earth 150 million years ago and they have changed very little since then.


ClassificationOrder gars and relatives, family gars
DietFishes, crabs and frogs
HabitatLakes, swamplands, reservoirs and lotic waters
ReproductionSpawns in groups; lays up to 20,000 eggs; maximum age: over 70 years

Status according to Red List

More information you will get on the web page of the IUCN Red List.

Verbreitung Gefleckter Knochenhecht