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Correction: Testing Confirms State Record Gar is Not Pure Shortnose

UPDATE 8/22/22: The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces genetic testing completed on the gar has confirmed the fish is not a pure shortnose. Additional tests are underway to determine the species of the fish.

“The genetic testing for this gar was completed by a Missouri university,” said MDC Fisheries Programs Specialist Andrew Branson. “Their initial results showed the fish to be a pure shortnose, however, they are proceeding with additional genetic tests.”

MDC confirms the previous shortnose gar alternative records method of 13-pounds, 1-ounce still stands. The fish was taken from Mark Twain Lake in 2006.

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