THE ARCTIC CISCO
“Salmo Thymallus Latus/Die breite Aesche/La Thymalle large” (plate 16), copper engraving made by Ludwig Schmidt after the drawing of Krüger jr, for Markus Elieser Bloch’s “Allgemeine Naturgeschichte der Fische” published in Berlin between 1782 and 1795. With original hand colouring. Size: 19 x 38 cm.
Bloch’s work on the “Allgemeine Naturgeschichte der Fische” occupied a considerable portion of his life, and is considered to have laid the foundations of the science of ichthyology. The publication was encouraged by a large subscription, and it passed rapidly through five editions in German and in French. Bloch made little or no alteration in the systematic arrangement of Peter Artedi and Carl Linnaeus, although he was disposed to introduce into the classification some modifications depending on the structure of the gills. To the number of genera before established, he found it necessary to add nineteen new ones, and he described 276 species new to science, many of them inhabitants of the remotest parts of the ocean, and by the brilliancy of their colours, or the singularity of their forms, as much objects of popular admiration as of scientific curiosity.
Bloch is considered the most important ichthyologist of the 18th century.
The Arctic cisco is a species of freshwater fish that belongs to the salmon family, Salmonidae. It is native to the northern hemisphere and is found in the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions of North America and Eurasia. The Arctic cisco is a predatory fish that feeds on smaller fish, crustaceans, and insects. It is an important food source for many predators, including birds, mammals, and larger fish. The Arctic cisco is also commercially fished for human consumption, and its meat is considered a delicacy in some cultures. It is a relatively small fish, typically reaching lengths of only 25-30 cm, and is characterized by its cylindrical body shape and silver coloration.
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