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J. Emerson Tennent
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 472 pages of information about Sketches of Natural History of Ceylon.

MALACOPTERYGII (SUB-BRANCHIATI). 
  Pleuronectes, L.

MALACOPTERYGII (APODA). 
  Muraena.

LOPHOBRANCHI. 
  Syngnathus, L.

PLECTOGNATHII. 
  Tetraodon ocellatus, W.  Benn.
     tepa, Buch.
     argyropleura, E.  Bennett.
     argentatus, Blyth
  Balistes biaculeatus, W.  Benn.
     lineatus, Bl.
  Triacanthus biaculeatus, W.  Benn
  Alutarius laevis, Bl.

II.  CARTILAGINOUS.

  Pristis antiquorum, Lath.
     cuspidatus, Lath.
     pectinatus, Lath
  Chiloscyllium plagiosum, Benn
  Stegostoma fasciatum, Bl.
  Carcharias acutus, Ruepp
  Sphyrna zygaena, L.
  Rhynchobatus laevis, Bl.
  Trygon uarnak, Forsk
  Pteroplatea micrura, Bl.
  Taeniura lymna, Forsk
  Myliobatis Nieuhofii, Bl.
  Aetobates narinari, Bl.

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NOTE (A.)

INSTANCES OF FISHES FALLING FROM THE CLOUDS IN INDIA.

(From the Bombay Times, 1856.)

See Page 343.

The late Dr. Buist, after enumerating cases in which fishes were said to have been thrown out from volcanoes in South America and precipitated from clouds in various parts of the world, adduced the following instances of similar occurrences in India.  “In 1824,” he says, “fishes fell at Meerut, on the men of Her Majesty’s 14th Regiment, then out at drill, and were caught in numbers.  In July, 1826, live fish were seen to fall on the grass at Moradabad during a storm.  They were the common cyprinus, so prevalent in our Indian waters.  On the 19th of February, 1830, at noon, a heavy fall of fish occurred at the Nokulhatty factory, in the Daccah zillah; depositions on the subject were obtained from nine different parties.  The fish were all dead; most of them were large; some were fresh, others were rotten and mutilated.  They were seen at first in the sky, like a flock of birds, descending rapidly to the ground; there was rain drizzling, but no storm.  On the 16th and 17th of May, 1833, a fall of fish occurred in the zillah of Futtehpoor, about three miles north of the Jumna, after a violent storm of wind and rain.  The fish were from a pound and a half to three pounds in weight, and of the same species as those found in the tanks in the neighbourhood.  They were all dead and dry.  A fall of fish occurred at Allahabad, during a storm in May, 1835; they were of the chowla species, and were found dead and dry after the storm had passed over the district.  On the 20th of September, 1839, after a smart shower of rain, a quantity of live fish, about three inches in length and all of the same kind, fell at the Sunderbunds, about twenty miles south of Calcutta.  On this occasion it was remarked

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