On the Development of the Garpike


THE gar or bony pike of North America is one of the most interesting of living fishes. The best known species of the genus to which it belongs is the Lepidosteus osseus. This species owes the grammatical form of its scientific name, and, indeed, its first scientific description to the elder Agassiz, and we have now to record the filling up of the last details of its life-history to the younger Agassiz. Known for over three-quarters of a century, it has been only within the last few months that the young fish as they escape from the egg have been seen, and it has been the good fortune of Alexander Agassiz to succeed in hatching the eggs and raising the young until they showed at least the principal structural peculiarities of the adult. A short account of the chief facts in connection with this stage of the bony pike's history will appear in the forthcoming number of the Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; from an advance copy we cull the following details:— The spawning-ground selected for observation was the Black Lake, at Ogdensburgh, N.Y. Mr. Garman, who describes the scene, and Mr. Blodgett, who rendered most essential assistance, deserve the thanks of every naturalist. The eggs collected were carried by the hand in pails from Ogdensburgh to Cambridge, where their progress was watched by Prof. A. Agassiz.

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