Garpikes Fish

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The gars, or garpikes, are members of the Lepisosteiformes (or Semionotiformes), an ancient order of “primitive” ray-finned fish. Fossil gars are found in Europe, South America, and North America, indicating that in times past these fish had a wider distribution than they do today. Gars are considered to be a remnant of a group of rather primitive bony fish that flourished in the Mesozoic, and are most closely related to the bowfin, another archaic fish now found only in North America.


Fish: E-G


Winchell, Alexander Sketches of Creation (New York, NY: Harper & Brothers, 1870)


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