Depth one-fifth of the length: first dorsal entirely before the first anal.
G. minutus, Linn. Syst. Nat. torn. 1. p. 438. Block, Ichth. pl. 67. f. 1. Turt. Brit: Faun. p. 90. Asellus mollis minor, Will. Hist. Pise. p. 171. tab. L. m. 1. n. 1. f. 2. Morhua minuta, Flem. Brit. An. p. 191. Poor or Power, Jago in Bays Syn. Pise. p. 163. fig. 6. Penn. Brit. Zool. vol. iii. p. 185. pl. 30. no. 77. Id. (Edit. 1812). vol. iii. p. 249. pl. 34.
From six to eight inches.
The smallest species in the genus, but more elongated in proportion than the G. luscus: greatest depth one-fifth of the entire length: head contained nearly five times in the same: lateral line nearly straight: a row of very distinct open pores, six or seven in number, commencing near the corner of the mouth, on each side of the head, and extending along the margin of the preopercle: distance from the end of the snout to the commencement of the first dorsal considerably less than one-third of the entire length: vent in a line with the tenth ray of the fin just mentioned: first dorsal entirely before the first anal, this last commencing nearly in the same line as that in which the former terminates: number of fin-rays,
D. 13 - 24 - 20; A. 28 - 24; P. 18; V. 6.
In all other respects, the form of this species is similar to that of the G. luscus. The colour, according to Pennant, is light brown on the back, and dirty white on the belly.
Dr. Fleming compiles from Willughby and Pennant. I would beg to ask, after this statement, what is the value of our authority for considering these species as distinct? In further confirmation of their identity, I may add that Mr. Yarrell has received from Mr. Couch, of Cornwall, a drawing of the fish which is called Bib on that coast, and that it proves in every respect to be the same as the Whiting Pout of the London market.
* This has been suggested by Mr. Yarrell, who hints that it may possibly be only a monstrous variety of the G. Morrhua, and that the name of Lord-Fish, given it by the fishermen, may be due to this circumstance.
First noticed as a British species by Jago, who obtained it on the Cornish coast, where it has been since observed by Mr. Couch. The specimen described above was caught at Weymouth, and measured eight inches in length, considerably exceeding the size usually assigned by authors to this species. Said to be very abundant in the Mediterranean, and to go in large shoals. According to Willughby and Bloch, it is peculiarly characterized internally by the peritoneum being black.