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Image number: RS.13367
Credit: ©The Royal Society

European flounder

Date

1830

Creator

William Home Lizars (1788-1859, British), Printmaker

After

Thomas Brown (1785-1862, British), Naturalist

Object type

Library reference

RCN29275

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 132mm
width (print): 215mm

Subject

Biology
   > Zoology
      > Ichthyology
Biology
   > Natural history

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > fish

Description

Marine zoological study of the European flounder Platichthys flesus (here styled Platessa carnaria), a fish native to the coastal regions of the north eastern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.

Plate accompanying the paper ‘Description of a new species of British fish’, by Thomas Brown, The Edinburgh Journal of Natural and Geographical Science, v.2 1830, pp.99. Inscribed above: ‘VOL.II PL.II’. Inscribed below: ‘Platesa carnaria. The Flesh-coloured Fluke. Drawn by Captn. T. Brown. Engd. By W.H. Lizars. Edinr. Journal of Natural and Geographical Science.’

The accompanying text states that: ‘This species was procured along with a quantity of the Platessa flesus, or common fluke, from Prestonpans. At first I considered it as merely a variety of that species, but it differs…’ The writer suggests the common name ‘The flesh-coloured fluke’.

Captain Thomas Brown (1785-1862) British naturalist and malacologist was not a Fellow of the Royal Society.

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