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Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, at Harvard College, Vol. 24

Excerpt from Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, at Harvard College, Vol. 24 The collection upon which this report is based was made during February, March, and April, 1891, by the steamer "Albatross" of the United States Fish Commission in that part of the Pacific Ocean lying east of the Galapagos Archipelago, and of a line from it to the peninsula of Lower California. The area traversed is bounded on the east by the coasts of Mexico and of Central America; it is long and narrow, but by extending obliquely across the meridians and the parallels it reaches through thirty-five degrees of longitude and twenty-nine degrees of latitude, from 77' to 112' west longitude and from I south latitude to 28' north. The section is small in comparison with the entire extent of the Pacific, yet the importance of the material collected is greatly enhanced by the position of the locality, by the fact that much the larger portion of the dredging and trawling was done close to the equator, in the Gulf of Panama and immediately to the westward. More than twelve hundred specimens of fishes were secured; many of these were shoal water forms, nearly all of which belonged to species described by Jenyns, Gunther, Steindachner, Jordan, Gilbert and others, and having only an indirect present interest. About nine hundred of the specimens belong to the greater depths; they represent thirty-three families, a hundred genera, or about a hundred and eighty species hardly more than fifteen percent of which have been heretofore described. The depts at which the bathybial fishes were taken range from a hundred fathoms downward; the greatest depth, 2232 fathoms occurred west of Costa Rica on a line from from Culpepper Island to Acapulco, Mexico, and the nearest approaches to this were found off the gulf of Panama about midway to the Galapagos in 1823 and 1877 fathoms. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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