Silurus Herbergii/ Der Silberwels/ Le Silure argente/ The Silver- Silure

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Article ID DT0538


Silurus Herbergii/ Der Silberwels/ Le Silure argente/ The Silver- Silure


Illustration of a silver catfish. Real catfish have a scaleless, naked skin. The head is flattened, the mouth wide. There is one pair of barbels on the upper jaw and one or two on the lower jaw. The dorsal fin is only small or absent. It is supported by fewer than seven fin rays when present. A fin spine never occurs.


ca. 1785


Bloch/Hennig (1723-1799)

Markus Bloch was a German medical doctor and naturalist. He is generally considered one of the most important ichthyologists of the 18th century. Bloch is best known for his encyclopedic work in ichthyology. Between 1782 and 1795 he published his Allgemeine Naturgeschichte der Fische, a 12-volume, beautifully illustrated comprehensive work on fishes. The first three volumes describe fishes in Germany and were entitled Oeconomische Naturgeschichte der Fische Deutschlands, the remaining volumes dealt with fishes from other parts of the world and were entitled Naturgeschichte der ausländischen Fische. The publication was encouraged by a large subscription, and it passed rapidly through five editions in German and in French. To the number of genera before established, he found it necessary to add nineteen new ones, and he described 176 new species, 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.

Place of Publication Berlin
Dimensions (cm)17 x 34
ConditionPerfect condition
Coloringoriginal colored
TechniqueCopper print


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