Sunday, May 20, 2007

Alligator gar mistaken as monster

Recently, during the major flood in Peninsula Malaysia, public accidentally found a gruesome animal which look like a fish with crocs head. The news spread through the cables and news and people still wondering which catagory of animal it was or perhaps a new findings. Well, here's some info on the species and to stop any fake stories or any unwanted mail hoax to be spread by annonymous people. For scientist, it was another normal encounter of rare alligator which can be found in some part of the world. Seems that there are more to be diggin for such info on unique animals such as this

The alligator gar, Atractosteus spatula, is a primitive ray-fin fish. It is also referred to as the gator gar. Unlike other gars, the mature alligator gar possesses a dual row of large teeth in the upper jaw. It is these remarkably alligator-like teeth which gives it its name. The dorsal surface of the alligator gar is a brown or olive-color, while the ventral surface tends to be a lighter color. Their scales are diamond-shaped and interlocking (ganoid) and were once used by native Americans for jewelry.

The alligator gar is the largest species of gar and is the largest exclusively freshwater fish in North America and Asia. It can be as long as eight to twelve feet and often weighs at least 100 lbs at maturity. The current world record alligator gar weighed 279 pounds and was caught in the Rio Grande River in 1951. Even larger alligator gars — over 300 pounds — have been caught by trotliners.