Biennial Report of the State Board of Fish Commissioners Volume 16
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...its whole duration, yet I have never seen a female on or near a nest except when actually engaged in spawning. The following account of the spawning is from field notes of the case in which the whole process was observed. The other four cases in which the spawning was observed in part did not differ in any essential way from this one. "On May 11th, at 12:30 p. m., a fresh-built nest is found near the outlet of pond 1. It is in about eight inches of water in the open, that is, not within one of the artificial shelters provided for the nesting fish, and near shore. The male fish is on the nest, the water is clear, there is no wind and the sun is shining. The conditions are therefore ideal for observing the spawning habits. A weather-worn, battendoor is hastily obtained, a hole is knocked through it, and it is then propped on edge about ten feet from the nest. Through the opening one may observe the nest with field glasses as clearly as though he held it in the hand.." "The screen is hardly, in place before the two fish, each about 10 inches long. are seen, one two yards north of the nest and the other two yards south of it. Both are small fish and at first the sexes can therefore not be distinguished. Presently one ofthe two approaches the other and urges it into the nest. Both fish are of the usual dark green-bronze color and both are apparently uniformly colored over the body." (Figure B.) "In a few minutes after the fish have entered the nest one of them Fig. B. Female small-mouthed black bass in the usual dress, i. e. not mottled. The only markings that show distinctly are the three dark stripes on the side of the head. ' I Fig. C. The female small-mouthed black bass, shown in Fig. B. but mottled or...
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