Gape not so large; maxillaries short; the pedicels of the intermaxillaries very long: dorsal commencing before the extremities of the pectorals.

A. Lancea, Cuv. Beg. An. torn. 11. p. 360. A. Tobianus, Don. Brit. Fish. vol. 11. pl. 33. Swains. Zool. Must. vol. 1. pl. 63. upper fig. Lesauv. in Bull, des Sci. Nat. (1825). torn. iv. p. 262. Flem. Brit. An. p. 201. Ammodytes, Will. Hist. Pise. p. 113. Launce, Penn. Brit. Zool. vol. iii. pl. 25. no. 66. but not p. 156. Sand-Launce, Id. (Edit. 1812). vol. iii. pl. 28. but not p. 206.

Length

From five to eight inches; rarely more.

Description

{Form). Much thicker in proportion than the A. Tobianus; in a fish measuring one-fourth less in length, the depth and thickness remain the same as in that species: head a perfect cone, contained five times and a half in the entire length: lower jaw not produced so far beyond the upper, and less pointed: the two teeth on the vomer much less developed: gape smaller, the maxillaries being much shorter; the pedicels of the intermaxillaries, on the contrary, are considerably longer, very much increasing the protractility of the upper jaw, which, when the mouth is opened, instead of turning back as in the last species, protrudes itself forwards and downwards, the maxillaries never becoming vertical: the pieces of the opercle not so much developed, nor produced so far backwards, but preserving the same form: dorsal commencing a little nearer the head, in a line with the commencement of the last quarter of the pectorals: both dorsal and anal contain fewer rays: pectorals exactly half the length of the head: in other respects the forms of the two species are similar.

D. 53 or 54; A. 28; C. 15, &c; P. 13.

{Colours). Similar to those of the A. Tobianus, only paler.

Common on all our sandy shores, in which it may be found buried at the ebb of the tide. Habits resembling those of the last species. Obs. Willughby has erroneously figured this species (tab. G. 8. f. 1). with two dorsal fins: his description, however, is correct.