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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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Our first gator gar of the week weighed an astonishing 150 pounds.
Under the compromise deal GARs will get an average increase in the value of their policy of up to 17.
Craig has done a great job in supporting our brokers and clients over the past 6 years, and I am confident that his experience, knowledge and relationships are a perfect fit for this newly formed position," said Bob Jersey, President & CEO of Gar Wood Securities, LLC.
It stopped selling GARs in 1988, two years before they became expensive to honour as a result of falls in interest rates and inflation.
He was with me two years ago on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Texas when I landed a 175-pound gar (see Bowhunter, June/July 1998).
If the deal, which also needs to be approved by the High Court, is not completed in time to qualify for the Halifax money, GAR uplifts will be reduced to around 16.
In yesterday's semi-finals Bridgend outscored Neath Port Talbot College by five tries to nil to win 29-9, while Sir Gar came back froma 16-3 deficit to beat Brynteg CS 27-16.
We have always recognised that there are certain groups of former policyholders who may have suffered financial loss as a result of the GAR issue, if they were mis-sold their policies, and this has now been confirmed by the information contained in the independent report from B&W Deloitte.
Equitable said the increase for non-GAR policyholders was less than that for GARs because the potential rights they would be giving up had a lower value, and were uncertain.
Oakley stated, "I'm very excited to be a part of the Gar Wood team.
The trophy is named after the legendary boat racer and native Detroiter, Gar Wood.