Transactions of the Zoological Society of London Volume 2
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ...dentibus parvis obtusiusculis dense armata; maxilla superior longior, cujus dentes externi ore clauso conspicui; vomer admodum prominens antrorsumque valde productus; lingua brevissima; pinna dorsales analesque cum caudali continua, et postice corpore multo altiores; pinna analis ante dorsalem exoriens; radii pinnales nulli ramosi; membrana branchiostega septem radiata. Total length 11 inches; greatest depth (at 1 inch 4 lines from the snout) 6 lines, thence posteriorly gradually narrowing; greatest breadth of body anteriorly 3 lines; at the middle of the entire length 1 line, and thence to the tail becoming gradually more compressed. Head 1 inch 2 lines long, or rather more than one-ninth of the entire length; profile sloping forward equally on both sides to the snout, which is truncated, and projects 1 line beyond the lower jaw; narrow, increasing in breadth very gradually from the snout, its breadth as 1 to 3 of its length; height half its length, compressed at the sides, and rather flat above from the eyes backward; from the eyes forward a central bony ridge; snout viewed from above somewhat bifid in consequence of the forward position of the large teeth on each side. A few large punctures extend from the snout below the eye, and are continued just behind it; a series of small ones closely arranged extend from the upper portion of the eye in a curved form posteriorly to near the edge of the pre-opercle, and thence a double row extends downwards. Nostrils very large, placed just in advance of, and before the centre of the eye, and in form a somewhat oval transverse aperture. Eye large, occupying the entire upper half of the depth of the head; its width greater than its height, in the length of the head, occupying the place of 1 in 4; its...
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