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- n. An eel-shaped ganoid fish of the order Dipnoi, having both gills and lungs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An eel-shaped ganoid fish of the order Dipnoi, having both gills and lungs. It inhabits the rivers of South America. The name is also applied to a related African species (Protopterus annectens). The lepidosirens grow to a length of from four to six feet. Called also doko.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of dipnoan fishes, typical of the family Lepidosirenidæ and subfamily Lepidosireninæ, of an elongate form, as in the amphibian genus Siren, but with a scaly body.
- n. A member of this genus.
The eleventh stage is formed by the primæval fish or selachii (sharks); the twelfth by the mud fish, of which there still live the protopterus in Africa, the lepidosiren in the tributaries of the
The genera Ornithorhynchus and lepidosiren, for example, would not have been less aberrant had each been represented by a dozen species, instead of as at present by a single one, or by two or three.
Owen considers the simple filamentary limbs of the lepidosiren as the beginnings of organs which attain full functional development in higher vertebrates; but, according to the view lately advocated by Dr. Günther, they are probably remnants, consisting of the persistent axis of a fin, with the lateral rays of branches aborted.
The surrounding mud then hardens into a dry ball; and these balls are dug out of the soil of the rice-fields by the natives, with the fish inside them, by which means many specimens of lepidosiren have been sent alive to Europe, embedded in their natural covering.
American mud-fish on the one hand and the wonderful lepidosiren on the other, it forms a true member of the long series by which the higher animals generally trace their descent from a remote race of marine ancestors.
"Grant a simple archetypal creature, like the mud-fish or lepidosiren