NANFA-- Chinese paddlefish - early account

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Thu, 4 Apr 2002 13:39:03 -0600

Williams, S.W. 1883. The Middle Kingdom - a survey of the geography,
government, literature, social life, arts and history of the Chinese Empire
and its inhabitatnts. Vol. I, Charles Scribner and Sons, New York, 836

p. 347 - "The sturgeon is not common at the south, but in the winter it is
brought from the Songari and other rivers to Peking for the imperial table,
being highly prized by Chinese epicures. There is found in the Yangtsz' a
singular species of sturgeon, the yiu yu, which lies under the banks in
still water and sucks its prey into a sac-like mouth projecting like a cusp
under a long snout; it has no scales, and is four feet long. Common
sturgeon, weighing a thousand pounds, are caught in this river."
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