image intellectual observer_november 1865_plate 1
Image number: RS.12342
Credit: ©The Royal Society

‘Chimaera’

Date

1865

Creator

After

Richard Deakin (1809-1873, British), Physician

Object type

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 132mm
width (print): 202mm

Subject

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > fish

Description

Marine zoological study showing a side view of the Chimaera, or Rabbitfish, Chimaera monstrosa (here termed Chimaera mediterranea) with a detail of the skull showing the jaws and dentition of the fish.

Plate accompanying the paper ‘Fishes observed at Nice, 1865 – the Chimaera and the Alepocephalus’, by Richard Deakin, The Intellectual Observer, November 1865, pp.241-245. Inscribed below: ‘Chimaera Mediterranea.’

The accompanying text states that: ‘The species here referred to is occasionally caught at all periods of the year in the Bay of Nice, showing that in its deep marine valleys the fish finds a congenial place for its dwelling and propagation…the illustrations and description which I made in January last from fresh-caught specimens in the Bay of Nice may be useful…’

Richard Deakin (1809-1873) physician and naturalist, was the author of Florigraphia Britannica; or, engravings and descriptions of the flowering plants & ferns of Britain (London, R.Groombridge 1841-1848).

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