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30 December 2016 Greek khrόmis between sound and smell. Anthropozoology of a fish
Andrea GuasparrI
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Abstract

The Greek and Latin world viewed khrómis as essentially a vocal fish and a highly esteemed one, which does not match the identification, provided by Rondelet and ratified by Linnaeus, with the Mediterranean damselfish, Chromis chromis (Linnaeus, 1758) (also extended to the other pomacentrids of the genus Chromis). Trying to explain the reason behind Rondelet's misidentification deepens our understanding of the anthropozoology of the fish actually called khrómis by the ancients (in fact a sciaenid, most likely the shi drum, Umbrina cirrosa (Linnaeus, 1758)), while at the same time providing a possible interpretation to immunda chromis (lit. ‘unclean chromis’), an obscure syntagm found in Ovid's (?) Halieutica.

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Andrea GuasparrI "Greek khrόmis between sound and smell. Anthropozoology of a fish," Anthropozoologica 51(2), 105-113, (30 December 2016). https://doi.org/10.5252/az2016n2a3
Received: 11 February 2016; Accepted: 1 September 2016; Published: 30 December 2016
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brown meagre
castagnole
corb commun
damselfish
ethnobiological names
Greek-Latin fish names
Halieutica par Ovide
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