image memoirs of the wernerian society_v1_plate 4
Image number: RS.12349
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Snake pipefish and Pearlfish

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 studies of two fishes rare to British waters. Figure 1 the Snake pipefish Entelurus aequoreus (here referred to as Syngnathus aequoreus). Figure 2 the Pearlfish Carapus acus (here referred to as Ophidium imberbe). Side views, with a sectional detail.

Plate 4 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: ‘P.85 Plate IV’. Inscribed below: ‘Engrd. By E. Mitchell.’

Of figure 1, the accompanying text states that: ‘This fish was taken at Salcomb, in the year 1807, and selected from the common species, by a fisherman in the habit of collecting for me, and who remarked he had never before seen one of the kind.’

Of figure 2, the accompanying text states that: ‘This species of Ophidium may be considered as one of the most rare of the British Isles…all we know, therefore is that it was taken at Weymouth.’

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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