THE COMMON RUDD
“Cyprinus Erithrophthalmus/Die Plötze/The Rud/Rotengle” (plate 1), 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.
Cyprinus Erithrophthalmus is a species of freshwater fish in the Cyprinidae family, also known as the Rudd. It is native to Europe and western Asia and is a widespread and common species in many countries. The common rudd has a deep, laterally compressed body that is typically bronze or golden in color with a lighter belly. They have a small, upturned mouth and feed primarily on plant material and small aquatic insects. Common rudd are an important food fish and are also used as a bait fish. Today they are popular with anglers for their fighting ability and are known for their strong, fast runs and their ability to make aerodynamic jumps when hooked.
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