How did that get there?
Alligator gars are a unique species of fish and are sometimes referred to as “living fossils.” It is because fossil information for the animals have been found courting again virtually 100 million years.
The fish is normally present in areas like southwestern Ohio, components of Missouri and Illinois. The fish has not been discovered, nonetheless, within the state of Kansas.
That’s, till now.
Whereas different species of gar are native to Kansas, alligator gar don’t sometimes dwell within the space. In accordance with a press release from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, state biologists are researching how an alligator gar ended up within the state’s Neosho River.
KDWP Fisheries biologist Connor Ossowski mentioned, “We’re assured the knowledge from the angler (who caught the fish) is correct and the fish was, the truth is, caught from the Neosho River. Nevertheless, that doesn’t imply the fish originated from the river.”
Researchers are finding out the fish’s fins in hopes of figuring out if it got here from one other state’s inhabitants.
“As a result of most populations of this species could be distinguished from each other with a pattern of the fish’s fins, another choice we’re contemplating is genetic identification,” mentioned KDWP assistant director of Fisheries analysis, Jeff Koch. “It will inform us if the fish got here from an present inhabitants in one other state.”
One other chance, state officers mentioned, is that the fish had been dumped within the river.
Doug Nygren, KDWP Fisheries Division director, defined, “It’s not unlikely that this fish was as soon as anyone’s pet or bought from a pet retailer, and easily launched into the river as soon as it turned too massive. These methods ought to permit us to find out which mode of introduction occurred.”
Officers wouldn’t rule out, nonetheless, that the fish made its approach to Kansas by pure means both.