Plate Number: II 2
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.