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Stone loach in Stockholm, Sweden, and royal fish-ponds in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
2010 (English)In: Archives of Natural History, ISSN 0260-9541, E-ISSN 1755-6260, Vol. 37, no 1, 150-160 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The stone loach (Barbatula barbatula) occurs in three main areas in Sweden. In the north, it is found in Lapland in the River Tornealven. In the south, it is found in Skane. There are also two populations near the cities of Stockholm and Nykoping. New data suggest that these two populations originate from fish that were kept in ponds. In the 1740s King Frederick I is said to have released stone loaches from German sources in Lake Malaren, but this cannot explain its occurrence in Igelbacken near Stockholm. There is also reason to believe that it was kept in ponds at the royal castle Ulriksdal in the mid-eighteenth century. The fish was possibly imported from the king's native Germany, to be eaten as a delicacy. However, historical records tell of pond-keeping of stone loach by the Royal court in the Stockholm area during the 1680s.

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2010. Vol. 37, no 1, 150-160 p.
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Barbatula barbatula, introduced species, food
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-260208DOI: 10.3366/E0260954109001703ISI: 000296319300010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-260208DiVA: diva2:846670
Available from: 2015-08-17 Created: 2015-08-17 Last updated: 2015-08-17Bibliographically approved

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