There is also a fish called the hippurus, or horsetail. Aristotle, in the fifth book of his treatise on the Parts of Animals, says that the hippuri lay eggs, and that these are small at first, but come to a great size, like those of the lam- prey; and that they bring forth their young in the spring. But Dorion, in his book upon Fish, says that the hippurus is also called the coryphæna. But Icesius calls it the hippuris; and Epicharmas also mentions them in his Hebe's Wedding, saying—
The sharp-nosed needle-fish,But Numenius, in his treatise on the Art of Fishing, speaking of the nature of the fish, says that it keeps continually leaping out of the water; on which account it is also called the Tumbler. And he uses the following expressions about it:—
And the hippurus, and bright chrysophrys.
Or the great synodons, or tumbler hippurus.And Archestratus says—
Th' hippurus of Carystus is the best,And Epænetus, in his Cookery Book, says that it is called also the coryphoena.
And indeed all Carystian fish are good.