Gars at the Fort Worth Zoo Aquarium
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The Aquarium displays several species of gars, including
gar and the spotted gar. These
fish are named for their long sharp noses. "Gar" comes from an old Anglo-Saxon
word for "spear." Their bodies are covered with bony diamond-shaped scales and
their teeth are needle sharp. The dorsal fin is placed very far back, near the
tail fin. These are air-breathing fish with a lunglike swim bladder. The eggs
of gars are toxic to many animals, including humans.
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