Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society; Zoology Volume 6
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. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...of any substance they might be disposed to feed on. From the appearance of their mouths, also, it might be concluded that they possess but little, if any, sense of taste. In the matter of choice as regards food, the Codfish and Haddock are much alike, as I conclude from having found in them the various kinds of stalk-eyed Crustaceans usual in our waters, with a few exceptions, as well as shell-fish and encrusting corals, the latter being generally the various sorts of Lepralia that have spread themselves over the stones lying on the bottom where these fishes haunt; and there is reason to believe that when this animal crust has become digested, the stones are thrown up from the stomach by a voluntary action of the animal. An object sometimes found in the stomach of the Cod is also a kind of Aphrodite, and I have felt convinced that two species of these animals are sometimes met with. But what has particularly attracted my notice is the abundance of Crustaceans, both as regards species and individuals, found in the Cod and Haddock, with the even more surprising fact that, ravenous as the Ling is known to be, not a single instance of a Crustacean animal have I met with in its stomach. Entire fishes of a variety of kinds are of very frequent occurrence; and it was but lately that seven Plaice, of which the smallest measured six inches in length, and the largest ten, were found in the stomach of a Ling of moderate size. The following list of the stalk-eyed Crustaceans which I have met with in the stomachs of the Cod and Haddock (and some of them in considerable numbers) will bear witness to the large number of these animals which exist in the ground frequented by the fishes referred to, at the Cornish entrance to the British Channel. List of...
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