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Half hours with fishes, reptiles, and birds (1906) (14565514620)

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Half hours with fishes, reptiles, and birds (1906) (14565514620)

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Pelican Fish (Gulper Eel)
Identifier: halfhourswithfis00hold (find matches)
Title: Half hours with fishes, reptiles, and birds
Year: 1906 (1900s)
Authors: Holder, Charles Frederick, 1851-1915
Subjects: Zoology
Publisher: New York, American Book Co
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
Digitizing Sponsor: The Library of Congress

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Fig. 16. —Group of Light Givers. behind, but they can be thrown forward to investigate theground as it advances. The ventral fins also bear twolong feelers. These singular fingers are found in various places;thus, Eustomias, a hideous black creature, has a verylong finger, pendent from its lower jaw, which it uses in 38 THE LIGHT BEARERS OF THE DEEP SEA its search for food eight or nine thousand feet from thesurface. Stomias, another form, with dragonlike headand fierce teeth, has a short-branched, fingerlike ten-tacle hanging from its lower jaw, and rows of gleaminglights along its entire lower surface. From the depth of
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Fig. 17. — The Pelican Fish. two miles the naturalists of the Challenger took the fishBythites, and from three miles still another form, whilethe Albatross has secured equally interesting fishes seven-teen thousand feet below the surface of the sea. The lights with which these fishes are provided toenable them to secure their prey in a region of the deepest THE LIGHT BEARERS OF THE DEEP SEA 39 darkness, are among the most wonderful provisions ofnature, showing that everywhere animal life is adapted toits peculiar surroundings. The large black velvet-hued fishEchiostoma has two lights just below its eyes.- The littlefish Sternoptyx (Fig. 16), when it first came up in thedredge, gleamed like a coal of fire, the light being dis-tinctly seen by the German naturalist, Dr. Suhm. I havebefore me several remarkable little light-giving fisheswhich I found at the Island of Santa Catalina, California,where they were washed up by a storm. Light has beenseen to gleam from the large phosphorescen

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