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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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The first GAR post organized in Williamson County was at Crab Orchard on Sept.
L272R) variant of unknown significance (VUS) in the glycyl tRNA synthetase (GARS) gene was also confirmed.
Aspects of the early life history of gars (Lepisosteus) in Lake Texoma.
July 20, 2000: The House of Lords rules that Equitable must meet its obligations to its GAR policyholders, leaving it with a pounds 1.5bn liability, and the mutual decides to put itself up for sale.
Total length (mm) and mass (g) were measured on 883 spotted gar collected between 1984 and 1996 by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department personnel during routine sampling.
The society tried to get around the problem by paying smaller final bonuses on GARs - but the Lords ruled the society must meet the guarantees.
ABSTRACT.--Shortnose gar foraged on spent periodical cicadas floating on the surface during a mass coemergence of 13- and 17-y broods.
For more information on the GARS disk call the GASB at (203) 847-0700, extension 575.
GARS Online contains authoritative generally accepted accounting principles (GP) recognized by the GASB to be applied by state and local governmental entities.
Vedomosti cited Gars Telecom's chief executive, Pavel Gorenkov, as saying that he expected the deal to value Gars Telecom at between USD20m (EUR15m) and USD30m.
Non-GARs were given a 2.5 per cent uplift in exchange for agreeing not to sue the society for not being told about its liabilities and accepting the increase being offered to GARs.
Equitable is proposing to give GARs an average increase in their policy value of 17.5pc in exchange for them giving up their right to guaranteed pension rates.