Sneep – Markus Elieser Bloch, 1782-1795

THE COMMON NASE “Cyprinus Nasus/Die Nase/Le Nase” (plate 3), copper engraving made by Ludwig Schmidt after the drawing of Krüger…

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Cyprinus Nasus/Die Nase/Le Nase” (plate 3), 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 nasus is a species of fish belonging to the family Cyprinidae, commonly known as the carp family. This species is native to Europe and is commonly found in freshwater environments such as rivers, lakes, and ponds. The Nase, as it is also known, is a predatory fish that feeds on a variety of small organisms such as insects, crustaceans, and small fish. It typically grows to around 30 centimeters in length and can weigh up to 1 kilogram. Cyprinus nasus today is not considered a commercially important species, but it is a popular sport fish species for anglers due to its strong fighting characteristics and its reputation as a challenging species to catch.

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