Lower jaw considerably the longest: lateral line curved, and dark coloured: caudal slightly forked.

M. Pollachius, Flem. Brit. An. p. 195. Gadus Pollachius, Linn. Syst. Nat. torn. i. p. 439. Block, Ichth. pl. 68. Don. Brit. Fish. vol. i. pl. 7. Turt. Brit. Faun. p. 91. Asellus Huitingo-Polla-chius, Will. Hist. Pise. p. 167. Pollack, Penn. Brit. Zool. vol. iii. p. 188. Id. (Edit. 1812). vol. iii. p. 254. Lieu, ou Merlan jaune, Cuv. Reg. An. torn. u. p. 333.

Length

From two feet to two feet nine inches.

Description

{Form). Not so much elongated as the Whiting: depth greater, equalling (beneath the first dorsal) one-fourth of the whole length, excluding caudal: ventral line more convex than the dorsal: head long, contained three times and a half in the entire length: snout a little depressed: lower jaw considerably the longest: teeth smaller and finer than those of the Whiting: lateral line with a strongly marked flexure beneath the termination of the first dorsal; its course, before the bend, running at one-fourth of the depth, after it, at nearly one-half: first dorsal resembling that of the Whiting: second twice the length of the first: third rather more than half the length of the second: vent in a line with the third ray of the first dorsal: anals much as in the Whiting: caudal slightly forked: length of the pectorals about half that of the head: ventrals much smaller than in the Whiting; only one-third the length of the pectorals; second ray longest: number of fin-rays,

D. 14 - 21 - 19; A. 28 - 21; C. 31, and several short ones; P. 19; V. 6.

(Colours). Upper part of the head, back, and a portion of the sides, grayish or dusky brown, sometimes inclining to green; the rest of the sides, and lower part of the body, whitish; these two colours separated by a well-defined line, coinciding with the lateral line along the first half of its course, but leaving it at the flexure: lips and fins dusky, with a tinge of dull red.

Not uncommon off Weymouth and Scarborough, and other rocky parts of the British coast. The specimen described above was caught at Hastings, and measured thirty-tnree inches in length, being above the usual size of this species. Is sometimes called a Whiting Pollack.