Aurata Bahamensis: The Porgy.
Rondelitius Lib. V Cap. II. describes and
names his Aurata from the yellow Spots between the Eyes,
and tho' ours Want those Spots; We conceive by the general Resemblance
it may be referred to the same Kind, and from the yellow Irides
of it's Eyes may deserve that golden Name. Rondelitius describes
his Aurata with Silver-Eyes, whereas ours are Gold-coloured;
which is the principal Difference between them.
These Fish are commonly 12 and 16 Inches in Length, the Eyes very
large, the Irides of a shining Gold-Colour, the Back brown, the
Belly lighter; The End of the upper Mandible had one single Tooth,
the lower Mandible having two of the like Size; besides many very
small ones within the Roof of it's Mouth: One large prickly Finn
covered the greater Part of the Back; from behind the Gills grow
two long Finns, one under the Abdomen, and another between the Anus
and the Tail; the Tail was forked. It is esteemed a good eating
Fish, they are plentiful about the Bahama Islands.