Catalog Number: USNM 12496
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): F. Poey
Locality: Cuba, Greater Antilles, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Atractosteus tristoechus
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Atractosteus tristoechus
Public Records: 4
Specimens with Barcodes: 4
Species With Barcodes: 1
Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems
The Cuban Gar is a tropical freshwater fish (18 °C - 23 °C), although also inhabits brackish water lives in rivers and lakes and is found in the Demersal zone of Western Cuba and Isla de la Juventud. The Cuban gar is around 100 cm in length (unsexed), but can grow as large as 200 cm (unsexed). Adult Cuba Gar feed on freshwater fishes and birds. Young are prey to the introduced largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides). The flesh of the fish is edible but the eggs are poisonous for humans.
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- "Atractosteus tristoechus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)". Fish Base. Retrieved 12 Sep 2012.
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- Lee, D.S., S.P. Platania and G.H. Burgess, 1983. Atlas of North American freshwater fishes, 1983 supplement. Occasional Papers of the North Carolina Biological Survey no. 1983-6. North Carolina State Museum of Natural History, Raleigh, N.C. 67 p
- Lee, D.S., S.P. Platania and G.H. Burgess, 1983. Atlas of North American freshwater fishes, 1983 supplement. Occasional Papers of the North Carolina Biological Survey no. 1983-6. North Carolina State Museum of Natural History, Raleigh, N.C. 67 p.
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