Perca marina venenosa punctata: The Rock-Fish.
These Fish are sometimes found two or three Feet in Length, though
the common Length is about one or one Foot and an half, The whole
Fish was covered with smooth thin Scales of a dark brown Colour,
very dark on the Back and light on the Belly, sprinkled over with
red Spots bordered with black. The Eye was deep red: It had five
Finns; one on the Back of different Texture, the fore-Part having
sharp Spines, the hind tender and pliant; under the Abdomen was
another, and another behind the Anus, and two behind the Gills,
the Ends of which were yellow. The Tail was broad, and a little
notched. This Fish has the worst Character for its poisonous Quality
of any other among the Bahama Islands, but whether they are
eatable from any particular Places I know not; many of their poisonous
Fishes being not so when caught in some Places; of which the Inhabitants
can give a near Guess, but sometimes they are miserably deceived.