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The Rappahannock were reported to have eaten longnose gar [1].


1.         Speck FG, Hassrick RB, Carpenter ES: Rappahannock Taking Devices: Traps, Hunting and Fishing. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Anthropological Society; 1946.

Gar are pike-like freshwater fish and include seven living species, including the longnose gar (Lepisosteus osseus) found in the lower St. Lawrence River, in all the Great Lakes, except Lake Superior, and also in the Eastern Townships of Quebec and in many Ontario lakes. Gar have a long slender body and a distinctive very long, thin snout with numerous sharp teeth. Together with the bowfin (Amia calva), longnose gar are considered to be among the most primitive of North American ray-finned fishes. The French common name for the longnose gar is lépisosté osseux.


Wooding FH: Lake, river and sea-run fishes of Canada. Madeira Park, BC, Canada: Harbour Publishing; 1997.


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