Turdus Rhomboidalis: The Tang.
The Figure shews the common Size of this Fish, tho' some are twice
as big: The Body is covered with small Scales of a dusky Blue; A
large prickly Finn reached from over the Eyes the length of the
Back almost to the Tail; another grows out from the Fore-part of
the Abdomen, and a third beginning about the middle of the Abdomen
reaches likewise to the Tail. The Finns and Tail were of a brighter
Blue than the Body: The Tail broad, both Sides shooting into sharp
Points, the Mouth of a singular Struclure, very small and without
Teeth, and consequently of no Defence; But Nature has supplyed that
difficiency by Arming in a singuler Manner the Tail on each Side
with a strong sharp pointed Bone, which in Defense of himself he
extends when Danger approaches. This Weapon with the prickly Finns
seem to deter the voracious Fish that prey on others from attacking
him. Yet I have seen a Barracuda persue and bite off a third
Part of him behind; which when he had swallowed he deliberately
bit off half the remaining Part, and devoured the whole Fish at
the third mouth-full. These and such like Accidents I have often
been diverted with in the shallow Seas of the Bahama Islands;
where the water is so exceeding clear, that the smallest Shell may
be distinctly seen at several Fathom depth, when the Water is smooth.
It is accounted a good eating Fish.
Turdus cauda convexa: The Yellow Fish.
Some of these Fish were a Foot in length: This had small thin
Scales of a reddish yellow Colour, the Mouth wide, the under Mandible
longer than the upper, and with a double Row of small Teeth; at
the End of the upper Mandible were fixed three large Teeth, with
some very small ones within the Roof of the Mouth, the Irides of
the Eyes red. It had five Finns, a long prickly one on the Back,
two behind the Gills, one under the Abdomen, and another behind
the Anus, to which is joined by a thin Membrane a sharp-pointed
Bone. The Tail rounding or convex.