image memoirs of the wernerian society_v1_plate 5
Image number: RS.12350
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Montagu’s seasnail and Montagu’s blenny

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 British fishes. Figure 1 Montagu's seasnail Liparis montagui (here referred to as Cyclopterus montagui). Figure 2 Montagu’s blenny Coryphoblennius galerita (here referred to as Blennius galerita). Side views, with a sectional detail.

Plate 5 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.91 Plate IV’. Inscribed below: ‘Engrd. By E. Mitchell.’

Of figure 1, the accompanying text states that: ‘those I have obtained, were taken at extraordinary low tides, among the rocks at Milton, on the south coast of Devon’.

Of figure 2, the accompanying text states that: ‘Not fewer than eight or ten of this species have come under my inspection, the greater part of which did not exceed an inch and a half in length…This…is occasionally taken…among the rocks of the south coast of Devon.’

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, including these two fishes which are named in his honour.

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