Great International Fisheries Exhibition, 1883; Official Catalogue
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. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...Platanista gangetica is occasionally accidentally caught in the nets of the fishermen. The flesh and blubber are eaten by some low caste Hindoos. The illuminating powers of tho oil are said to be high. A very young specimen in alcohol from the Hughli at Calcutta. Division LII. GOVERNMENT OP BENGAL. Reptiles. Crocodilidee. (307) The Gavialie. Gavialis gangeticus.--This Saurian is nearly exclusively a fish eater, and it occurs in great numbers in tho Ganges and its affluents. It attains to about 20 ft. in length. Two specimens sent alive from the Hugli, Calcutta. Crocodilus. (308) Crocodilus palustris.--This species is widely distributed throughout India. It is not exclusively a fish eater, but devours all kinds of offal as well. It is especially numerous in Lower Bengal, and during the rains, the young wander about from stream to stream and tank to tank. It attains to 21 ft. in length. Two specimens sent alive from the Hugli, Calcutta. Snake destructive to Fish. Ophidia. Non-poisonous--Colubridx. (309) A specimen of the common snake, Tropidonotus guincunciatus, which, although hardly a fresh-water form, is very aquatic in its habits. It is widely distributed over India, Burmah, and Tenasserim. One specimen in alcohol, from Durbhunga, where it is known as the dhone. Homal. (310) A specimen of a common form of fresh-water serpent, belonging to the family Homalopsidie, which are nonpoisonous snakes. The species is known as Hypsirhina enhydris, and is prevalent throughout Bengal, Assam, Arakan, Burmah, and Tenassenm. A specimen in alcohol, from Durbhunga, where it is called machhgidhi, i.e. greedy offish. Poisonous. Hydrophidx. (311) Hydrophu. An example from the Mergui Archipelago of tho poisonous genus Hydrophis that abounds along the coasts...
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