Platinum Alligator Gar

Atractosteus spatula

As strikingly white as its namesake, the snow alligator gar is a stunning freshwater fish that is suitable for big aquariums. While the alligator gar is a common freshwater fish in North America, the snow alligator gar and its platinum variety is in great demand especially in Japan and China. This makes the snow alligator gar a rare and expensive fish.

The alligator gar is a prehistoric-looking fish and is often referred to as “living fossils” or “primitive fishes,” because it has retained characteristics of their earliest ancestors, such as the ability to breathe air and water.