No cirri before the eyes: dorsal and anal fins short; not connected with the caudal: behind the pectoral, on each side, a purple spot.
L. bimaculatus, Flem. Brit. An. p. 190. Cyclopterus bimaculatus, Turt. Linn. vol. i. p. 907. Don. Brit. Fish. vol. iv. pl. 78. Turt. Brit. Faun. p. 115. Bimaculated Sucker, Penn. Brit. Zool. vol. iii. App. p. 397. pl. 22. Id. (Edit. 1812). vol. iii. p. 181. pl. 25. Mont, in Linn. Trans, vol. vii. p. 293.
An inch and a half; rarely more.
(Form). General form resembling that of the last species, but the head and anterior part of the body more depressed: snout conical, with the sides not so much hollowed out: jaws equal; teeth more developed, those in the lower jaw sharp and curved: eyes further asunder, and placed more laterally; no cirri in front of them: pectorals, and the two disks which form the organs of adhesion, similar: dorsal short, and placed far behind: anal answering to it: both fins terminating at a small distance from the caudal, with which they are not in any way connected: caudal narrow, the end nearly even:
D. 6; A. 6; C. 12; P. about 20, and 4.
(Colours). Back and sides pink or rose-colour, with spots and interrupted fasciae of white: behind the pectoral fin, on each side, a purple spot, surrounded by a ring of white: irides pink, surrounded by a dark purplish ring: fins variegated with pink and white: under surface of the body whitish. According to Montagu§, "the fry are of a green colour, minutely speckled with blue, and without the smallest trace of the pectoral spots".
First obtained at Weymouth by the late Dowager Dutchess of Portland. Has been since taken at the same place by Professor Henslow. Not very uncommon, according to Montagu, at Torcross in Devonshire, adhering to stones and old shells; procured by deep dredging. By the same means Mr. W. Thompson has procured several specimens in Belfast Bay. Has also occurred on the coasts of Kent and Cornwall. Apparently unknown except in the British seas.
* Donovan. † Linn. Trans, vol. vii. p. 294.
‡ Several others, allied to our British one, are noticed by Risso. § Wern. Mem. vol. I. p. 92.