South American freshwater fish, 19th century

South American freshwater fish, 19th century

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Credit: Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: South American freshwater fish, 19th-century illustrations. These fish (part of the family Characidae) are named here in the genus Tetragonopterus, but have since been reclassified into the genus Astyanax and the genus Cheirodon. They are all found in South America. This page of illustrations is Plate 23 from the 1842 volume on fish ('Part IV: Fish') that forms part of the multi-volume work 'The Zoology of the Voyage of HMS Beagle'. This work described the animals collected and observed by the British naturalist Charles Darwin during the survey voyage of HMS Beagle during the years 1832 to 1836. This expedition established Darwin's reputation as a naturalist. 'The Zoology of the Voyage of HMS Beagle' was edited by Darwin and published between 1838 and 1843. The volume on fish was written by British naturalist Leonard Jenyns (later Leonard Blomefield). The artworks were by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins.

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