Only found dwelling west of the Apalachicola River, alligator gar are one of the most mysterious fish in Florida. Learn more about this species and ongoing alligator gar research throughout Florida's Panhandle.
In Florida, the largest member of the gar family is only known to inhabit coastal rivers in the Panhandle from Gulf County to Escambia County.
A tagging study reveals a few secrets of Atractosteus spatula
, but the bigger mystery is yet to be solved: how many of its kind populate Florida rivers?
Recognizing the important role that alligator gar play in river ecosystems, the FWC strengthened protection for this species.
A population estimate of alligator gar in the Escambia River.