Spawning Longnose Gar
By Casey R. Smartt
In Texas, longnose gar spawn in the late spring or early summer. Typically a large female is surrounded by many smaller males, each jockeying for position to fertilize her eggs. Spawning generally takes place in a quiet backwater area, but sometimes the spawning ritual will occur over deep or open water.
Here are a few shots of a large female longnose gar accompanied by many smaller males. They follow her wherever she goes. Nikon D50, 18-55mm, f/3.5