Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


Alligator Gar

Only found dwelling west of the Apalachicola River, alligator gar are one of the most mysterious fish in Florida. Learn more about this species and ongoing alligator gar research throughout Florida's Panhandle.

Alligator Gar Species Profile

In Florida, the largest member of the gar family is only known to inhabit coastal rivers in the Panhandle from Gulf County to Escambia County.

On a Quest for a Freshwater Giant: Alligator Gar

A tagging study reveals a few secrets of Atractosteus spatula, but the bigger mystery is yet to be solved: how many of its kind populate Florida rivers?

Protecting Florida’s Alligator Gar

Recognizing the important role that alligator gar play in river ecosystems, the FWC strengthened protection for this species.

FWC Facts:
Red tides have been documented along Florida's Gulf coast since the 1840s and likely occurred earlier. Fish kills around Tampa Bay were mentioned in the logs of Spanish explorers.

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