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member of the family Lepisosteidae, freshwater fishes found in the warmer rivers and lakes of the S United States, Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies. Gars are highly predacious and destroy many useful fish. They are cylindrical fishes with long jaws and formidable teeth; their peculiar armature of diamond-shaped platelike scales, composed of a hard inorganic salt, is often found also in fossil fish. The largest species is the 9-ft (275-cm) alligator gar (Atractosteus spatula) of the Mississippi valley. Others are the long-nosed gar, the spotted gar, and the short-nosed gar (all genus Lepisosteus). The name garfish is sometimes used for the gar but is more correctly applied to the saltwater gar (see needlefishneedlefish,
common name for members of the family Belonidae, which comprises species of elongated, surface-swimming predaceous fish abundant in warm seas. They have beaklike jaws armed with sharp teeth, giving them a superficial resemblance to the gar; some needlefishes reach a
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). Gars are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Actinopterygii, order Lepisosteiformes, family Lepisosteidae.


(vertebrate zoology)
The common name for about seven species of bony fishes in the order Semionotiformes having a slim form, an elongate snout, and close-set ganoid scales.


1. Building or part thereof where motor vehicles are kept.
2. Place for repairing and maintaining such vehicles. Also see attached garage, detached garage.
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Les productions concernant le transport urbain au Senegal sont assez abondant, cependant rares sont celles qui traitent des gares routieres ou de leur gestion.
Il presente d'abord les deux gares routieres concernees par cette etude, ensuite nous decrivons les differents mode des gestion de gare routiere, avant de mettre en exergue les modes de gestion qui sont appliques a Pompier et a Petersen (voir la figure 1) avant de terminer par un analyse des problemes rencontres dans chacun de ses modes de gestion.
C'est une solution provisoire, et c'est pour cela que nous avons confie la gestion de la gare de Ali-Mendjeli et le pole de la zone industrielle a la societe d'exploitation et de gestion des gares routieres d'Algerie (Sogral).
Sur place, le Premier ministre a appele les responsables de la Societe de gestion des gares routieres d'Alger (Sogral) a hater l'adjudication concernant l'attribution des locaux commerciaux situes dans l'enceinte de cette gare routiere afin d'offrir leurs prestations aux passagers le plus tot.