Perca marina gibbosa cinerea: The Margate Fish.
This Fish has a rounding Back, making a curved Line between the
Head and Tail; the Iris of the Eye white, with a Tincture of yellow;
the Mouth moderately wide, and red within; the upper Mandible hanging
a little over the lower; both of them have a single Row of small
sharp Teeth; the Scales are rather large, of a blackish brown Colour,
but as the Bellies of most Fish are lightest colour'd, so is the
Belly of this Fish much lighter than the Back: From the Head at
some distance from the Ridge of the Back, runs parallel to it a
narrow black curved Line to the Tail. It had six Finns, two under
the Gills, one on the middle of the Back, strengthened with several
Ligulae or sharp pointed Bones, behind which and joining to it is
another pliant even Finn; one under the Abdomen, and a sixth behind
the Anus. They are one of the most numerous kinds of Fish, frequenting
the Bahama-Islands, and are esteemed very good Meat.
Saurus ex cinereo nigricans: The Sea Sparrow-Hawk.
This is a slender long Fish, with middle sized brown Scales; the
Eye black, the Iris reddish; the Mouth very wide, both Mandibles
being thick set with small sharp irregular sized Teeth. It hath
fix Finns, two behind the Gills, one under the Abdomen, one behind
the Anus, and one on the middle of the Back, besides a very small
one between that and the Tail. The Tail forked.
This Fish was caught on the Coast of Carolina, and is the
only one I have ever seen. It was of the Size of the Figure.