Wildman of North Africa and India. Etymology: Greek, "fish eater." Physical description: Long fingernail s. Shaggy, uncut hair.
Behavior: Eats dried fishes. Wears animal skins. Does not engage in trade.
Distribution: Sudan; Ethiopia; northwestern India.
Possible explanation: Any number of indigenous peoples in Africa and India have a high proportion of fish in their diets.
Sources: Herodotus, The Histories, trans. Aubrey de Selincourt (London: Penguin, 1996), pp. 161-163 (iii. 19-23); Diodorus Siculus, Historical Library, iii. 53; Quintus Curtius Rufus, The History of Alexander, trans. John Yardley (New York: Penguin, 1984), p. 235 (ix. 10. 8-10); Arrian, The Campaigns of Alexander, ed. Aubrey de Selincourt (New York: Penguin, 1971), pp. 334, 343 (vi. 24, 28).
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