|Eels and people in Ireland: From mythology to International Eel Stock Conservation|McCarthy, T.K. (2014). Eels and people in Ireland: From mythology to International Eel Stock Conservation, in: Tsukamoto, K. et al. (Ed.) Eels and humans. Humanity and the Sea, : pp. 13-40. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/978-4-431-54529-3_2
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Conservation; Anguilla anguilla (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; ANE, Ireland [Marine Regions]; Marine; Brackish water; Fresh water
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Pleistocene glaciations left their mark on many aspects of Ireland’s flora and fauna, and the biodiversity of its freshwater fauna reflects the incomplete post-glacial recolonization by many taxonomic groups following their total displacement during the time Arctic and boreal conditions prevailed. The absence of many species of freshwater fish, widespread in the nearby landmasses of Great Britain and northwestern Europe, has often been noted in biogeographic dialogue on Ireland’s fish. Giraldus Cambrensus, a British monk who was chaplain to English King Henry II, came to Ireland with the invading Norman army in the twelfth century and commented on this aspect of Ireland’s natural history, chronicling the events he witnessed then (O’Meara 1951).