Intellectual Observer; Review of Natural History, Microscopic Research and Recreative Science Volume 8

Intellectual Observer; Review of Natural History, Microscopic Research and Recreative Science Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ...and from this point it is continued as one line along the slender tail. From the commencement of the lateral line at the back of the eye two other branches start, one to the top of the head, which soon becomes divided into two, one branch going over the head to join the lateral line on the opposite side, the other ruas along the top of the eye to the snout; the other branch from the back of the eye takes a downward direction along the lower edge of the orbit, and takes a zigzag course over the cheeks to the snout, and becomes joined to one which is carried down the front of the snout; other branches are sent off to the gill openings and each of the lips: along the whole course of these lines it has numerous small round openings, which appear to be the ducts for the distribution of a secreted mucous. The common name of chat (cat), by which this fish is known by the fishermen at Nice, was given to it from the noise like the mewing of a cat which it makes when taken out of the water. The flesh is white, soft, and glutinous, and has not an agreeable flavour, so that it is not used as an article of food, but it is caught for the very large liver with which it is furnished, and the limpid oil which they extract from it, which they burn in their lamps, as it gives a very brilliant light. It, however, has a disagreeable odour--a quality which the fishermen do not appear to think very objectionable. It has the reputation, like the oil extracted from the liver of some other fishes, of being a valuable remedy in the cure of rheumatism, especially when rubbed over the swollen and painful joints. Fig. 1 is a lateral view of the entire fish. Fig. 2, part of the skull, showing, a, the upper teeth; the lower teeth; c, the lower jaw; d, the upper jaw and orbit....show more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 381g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236649346
  • 9781236649348