Muraena Maculata Nigra: Lithophyton longe racemosum cortice flavo
persorato: The black Murey.
The Form of these is like that of the green Murey differing only
in Colour, their being black and spotted all over, very thick with
blacker Spots; they are very ravenous & strong and when pulled out
of the Water with a Hook and Line will by their violent twistings
break off and often bring up with them Branches of Coral or other
Sea Vegitables amongst which they sport, and are mostly found. Some
of them arrive to the Length of four Feet, tho' they are most commonly
Lithophyton longe racemosum cortice flavo persorato.
These, as also certain other Submarine Productions, are mostly
found to abound in quiet Coves or small Bays of the Sea, defended
from the impetuosity of the Waves by Rocks: And as little Birds
retreat to Bushes for Security from Hawks, so do the small defenceless
Fish to these quiet Places, where these and innumerable other branching
Coralline Plants serve them as a hidden Retreat to evade the Attacks
of these Mureys, and others of the rapacious kinds of Fish: Tho'
I have seen many of the Coralline Plants growing, I don't remember
in what Manner these grow, whether erect or lying on the Ground,
I rather think the latter from its flexibility and weightiness of
its Branches: While growing in the Sea or immediately cast a-Shoar,
its Bark is of a deep yellow Colour and perforated with innumerable