The Life of the Salmon

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PROBABLY there is no vertebrate animal, except the eel, whereof the secret of its life-history has yielded so recently to systematic observation and research as the Atlantic salmon. Just as in 1896 Battista Grassi succeeded in demonstrating that the small marine fish previously classed as Leptocephalus was none other than the alevin of the eel, so in 1840 did John Shaw, gamekeeper at Drumlanrig, by confining a number of parr, hitherto accorded specific rank by ichthyologists as Salmo salmulus, prove that they assumed the seasonal smolt livery before being released to descend to the sea, whence they should return as Salmo solar.

The Salmon: its Life Story.

By W. J. M. Menzies. Pp. xii + 211 + 36 plates. (Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1925.) 21s. net.

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