Notes and Letters on the Natural History of Norfolk
Excerpt: ... A lesser sort of Acus wee crossed out maior or primae specaeei wee meet with answering the saurus of Rondeletius crossed out much shorter then the com on garfish & in taking out the spine wee found it not green as in the greater & much answering the saurus of Rondeletius. L This and the next paragraph on the back of Fol. 26 are in different ink and smaller writing though in the same hand, and appear to have been added subsequently. The first paragraph is omitted by Wilkin. A scolopax 65 or sea woodcock of Rondeletius was giuen mee by a seaman of these seas. about 3 inches long & seemes to bee one kind of Acus or needlefish answering the discription of Rondeletius. 65 The Scolopax, or Sea Woodcock, is clearly Centriscus scolopax, a very rare fish in the British seas, and it would have been well had Browne given a more precise account of the origin of his specimen. The Acus of Aristotle see Note 64 lesser thinner corticated & sexangular by diuers calld an addercock & somewhat resembling a snake ours more plainly finned then Rondeletius discribeth it. A little corticated fish 66 about 4 inches crossed out 3 or 4 inches long several words smeared out ours answering that wch is named piscis octangularis by wormius, cataphractus by Schoneueldeus. octagonius versus caput, versus caudam hexagonius. 66 Doubtless the Armed Bull-head, or Pogge, Agonus cataphractus. A MS. note in Berkenhout says it was called at Lowestoft a Beetle-head (1769). Fol. 28. The faber marinus 67 sometimes found very large answering ye figure of Rondeletius. which though hee mentioneth as a rare fish & to be found in the Atlantick & Gaditane ocean yet wee often meet with it in these seas com only calld a peterfish hauing a crossed Pg 42 out one written above black spot on ether side the body conceued the perpetuall signature from the impression of St Peters fingers or to resemble the 2 peeces of money wch St Peter tooke out of this fish.
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