Library of Natural History Volume 10

Library of Natural History Volume 10

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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. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...together after the fashion of eels. While some burbot spawn in November and December, in others the function is delayed till March; and it is during the spawning season that the fish is in the best condition for the table. The burbot is a fish of slow growth, not attaining full maturity till it is upward of four years old. Distinguished from the burbot by the presence of several enlarged teeth in the lower jaw and on the vomer, the ling (Molva vulgaris) may be regarded merely as a marine representative of that genus. The common ling, which LiDfRocklings SeneraMy measures from two to three feet in length, is a northern form, ranging from the coasts of Greenland and Iceland to those of Britain and other parts of Northern Europe. In this fish the upper jaw is the longer, but the reverse condition obtains in a second Scandinavian species, and also in a third from the Mediterranean, which are the only other representatives of the genus. The ling fishery is an important industry, large quantities of these fish being cured and dried. Belonging to the same group of the family as the ling, the rocklings (Motella) are readily distinguished by the reduction of the first of the two dorsal fins to a narrow-rayed fringe, with the first ray elongated, more or less completely received in a longitudinal groove. There is a band of teeth in the jaws, and another on the vomer, and all the species have barbels, not only on the chin, but likewise on the muzzle, the number of these appendages affording the readiest means of specific discrimination. They are all of small size, and while ranging over the same seas as the ling, likewise extend to those of Japan, the Cape, and New Zealand. The British representatives of the genus include the five-bearded rockling ( more

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  • English
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