Transverse lines encircling the whole body: lateral line sharply serrated: profile nearly vertical.
T. lineata, Gmel. Linn, tom.i. pt. 3. p. 1345. Bloch, Ichth. pl. 354, ' Don. Brit. Fish. vol. i. pl. 4. T. Adriatica, Flem. Brit. An. p. 215, Mullus imberbis, Will. Hist. Pise. p. 278. tab. S. 1. f. 1. Cuculus y2 lineatus, Ray, Syn. Pise. p. 165. Streaked Gurnard, Perm. Brit. Zool. vol. iii. p. 281. pl. 57. Id. (Edit. 1812). vol. iii. p. 377. pl. 66. Yarr. Brit. Pish. vol. i. p. 46. Rouget Camard, Cuv. et Val. Poiss. torn. iv. p. 25. Cuv. Reg. An. torn. ii. p. 159.
(Form). Thicker anteriorly than the last species; the body tapering behind more suddenly: head shorter: profile falling more abruptly; the descending line inclining to convex: cheeks higher in proportion: snout less emarginated; the denticulations at the sides very indistinct: opercle broader, the terminating spine shorter and blunter: clavicular spine not quite so sharp: first, dorsal with the second ray shorter; the first more strongly serrated; all the spinous rays weaker: pectorals longer: lateral line and dorsal ridges sharply serrated: rest of the body roughish, marked with elevated transverse lines, which, after crossing the lateral line, pass onwards to the abdomen, where they ramify* thus nearly encircling the whole body; these lines correspond in number with the scales on the lateral line, amounting to about sixty-eight: number of fin-rays,
D. 10 - 16; A. 16; C. 11 or 13; P. 10, and 3; V. 1/5.
Number of vertebrae thirty-three. (Colours). Dusky green, mottled with purple, and sprinkled with red and gamboge-yellow spots; lower portion of the sides silvery white, clouded with flesh-red: pectorals blue on their under surface, but red at the base; their upper surface yellowish green, spotted with red: free rays yellowish green tipped with red: ventrals white: dorsal, anal, and caudal fins, red; the rays of the anal tipped with white. Obs. Young fish are much less variegated, and generally want the yellow spots.
A rare species; first observed on the Cornish coast by Mr. Jago, and communicated by him to Petiver. Is occasionally met with at Weymouth, Hastings, and as far north as the coast of Scotland. At Hastings it is called the French Gurnard. The colours are very variable, but the transverse lines encircling the whole body will always serve to identify the species.
** Body without transverse lines.