Predator vs. Prey: Silver Carp vs. Alligator Gar

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From Xplor: November/December 2018

Super-Size Me

At 48 inches and 45 pounds, the carp is more than a mouthful for most predators.

Escape Velocity

When spooked, the carp can swim so fast it jumps out of the water.

Long on Power

The gar can reach more than 8 feet long and weigh over 300 pounds.

Twice the Teeth

The gar’s top jaw has a double row of long, sharp teeth, perfect for snagging and holding prey.

And the winner is…

The gar ambushes the carp, snagging it for the kill. Missouri’s native alligator gar
take a few silver carp when they can, helping control this invasive fish.

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This Issue's Staff

Bonnie Chasteen
Les Fortenberry
Karen Hudson
Angie Daly Morfeld
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White