image memoirs of the wernerian society_v1_plate 2
Image number: RS.12348
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Silver scabbardfish

Date

1811

Creator

Edward Mitchell (active 1797-1830, British), Engraver

After

George Montagu (1753-1815, British), Naturalist

Object type

Library reference

RCN32515

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 125mm
width (print): 211mm

Subject

Biology
   > Zoology

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > fish

Description

Marine zoological study of the Silver scabbardfish Lepidopus caudatus (here referred to as Ziphotheca tetradens). Side view.

Plate 2 accompanying the paper ‘An account of five rare species of British fish’, by George Montagu, Memoirs of the Wernerian Natural History Society, v.1 1808-1810, pp.79-101 (Edinburgh, 1811). Inscribed above: ‘Plate II’. Inscribed below: ‘Montague delt. E. Mitchell sculpt.’

The accompanying text states that: ‘This singular fish was taken in Salcomb harbour on the coast of Devon, on the 4th of June last (1808). It was swimming with astonishing velocity, with its head above water; to use the fisherman’s expression, “going as swift as a bird”, and was killed by a blow of an oar. It was made a public show in Kingsbridge where in one day a guinea was taken for its exhibition at one penny each person.’

George Montagu (1753-1815) naturalist and army officer, was a Fellow of the Linnean Society. He described several British molluscs and fish for the first time.

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