Image from page 437 of “American food and game fishes : a popular account of all the species found in America, north of the equator, with keys for ready identification, life histories and methods of capture” (1902)
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Title: American food and game fishes : a popular account of all the species found in America, north of the equator, with keys for ready identification, life histories and methods of capture
Year: 1902 (1900s)
Authors: Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931 Evermann, Barton Warren, 1853-1932
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, Page & Co.
Contributing Library: Robarts – University of Toronto
Digitizing Sponsor: University of Toronto
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n assergeant-fish, crab-eater, coal-fish and cobia, and it reaches alength of 4 or 5 feet, and il is edible. 323 THE DOLPHINS Family XLI. CoryphcBnidce This family contains but one genus with 2 species, found inmid-ocean, wiiere tiiey feed upon other pelagic fishes, such asthe flying-fish. They are strong, rapid swimmers, and arewidely distributed throughout all tropical and temperate waters.They are often caught by sailors at sea, and are considered ex-cellent food. It is the custom before eating them to test the flesh byputting a piece of silver into the vessel in which they havebeen cooked, it being a common belief that if the flesh ispoisonous the silver will turn black. Narratives of ocean voyagesabound in descriptions of the beautiful colours of the dolphin, andthe brilliant changes of hue exhibited by the dying fish. Thename dolphin is wrongly applied to these fish, as it belongsproperly to a group of small cetaceans. The single genus, Coryphmia, contains 2 species, C. hippurus
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-^<^- and C. eqttisetis. The common dolphin, C. hippurus, reaches alength of 6 feet. It is a pelagic fish, common on our coastfrom the Carolinas to Texas, and occasionally north to Cape Cod. Colour, brilliant in life, the head, body and tail greenish-olive, changing suddenly at death; brownish-olive above, whiteor golden below, with a series of about 15 bright-blue spots onback along each side of dorsal, the largest on back and head, 324 The Dolphins forming bands on snout; dorsal purplish blue, with paler obliquelines; other fins tinged with blue; caudal yellow. The small dolphin, C eqtiisetis, reaches a length of onlyabout 2^ feet. It is found in the open Atlantic. It is rare inthe West Indies, and has not been recorded from the coast ofthe United States. Colour, sea-green, silvery below, with scattered black spotson the sides and back; a series of distant rounded spots alongbase of dorsal fin; head with brown stripes. 3*5 THE MARIPOSAS Family XLII. LanipridcB Body ovate, compres
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