Entire length four times the depth of the body: second dorsal with twenty-four rays: lower jaw nearly vertical.
T. Vipera, Cuv. et Val. Poiss. torn. iii. p. 189. Cuv. Reg. An. torn. 11. p. 152. T. Draco, Block, Ichth. pl. 61. Don. Brit. Fish. vol. 1. pl. 23. Mem. Brit. An. p. 213. Common Weever, Penn. Brit. Zool. vol. iii. p. 169. pl. 28. no. 71. Id. (Edit. 1812). vol. iii. p. 226. pl. 32. Lesser Weever, Yarr. Brit. Fish. vol. 1. p. 25.
Five or six inches; rarely more.
(Form). Much resembling the T. Draco, but deeper in proportion to its length, owing to the greater convexity of the abdomen: profile not falling, but in the same horizontal line with the back; lower jaw more nearly vertical; when the mouth is opened wide, the upper jaw becomes exactly vertical, and the lower forms with it a right angle: sides very much compressed: greatest depth beneath the first dorsal, equalling one-fourth of the length, caudal excluded; thickness half the depth: teeth (in the lower jaw especially) very sharp, and somewhat longer in proportion than in the last species: the toothed scale, formed by the , supra-scapular and part of the omoplat, of a different form, rounded, bilo-bated, and more deeply denticulated: lateral line commencing at the above scale, and running nearly straight throughout its course: the oblique transverse lines on the sides, formed by the scales, much less strongly marked: first dorsal more distinctly separated from the second; the fifth and sixth spines (the last especially) very small and inconspicuous: pectorals pointed, about equal in length to the depth of the body: caudal rounded: number of fin rays,
D. 6 - 23 or 24; A. 25; C. 13; P. 14; V. 1/5.
(Colours). Back reddish gray; sides and abdomen much paler than in the last species, approaching to silvery white, with faint indications of transverse yellow lines: the web connecting the four first spines of the first dorsal deep black: a black spot at the extremity of the caudal fin.
Rather more common than the last species, and met with on various parts of the British coast. Said to conceal itself in the loose soil at the bottom of the water, with only its head exposed. It is probably the small species alluded to by Willughby *, under the name of Otterpike.
Poiss. torn. iii. p. 242. S. Spet, Lacep. Hist. Nat. des Poiss. torn. v. p. 326. Esox Sphyrtena, Linn. Syst. Nat. torn. i. p. 515. Bloch, Ichth. pl. 389. Sea-Pike, Couch in Linn. Trans, vol. xiv. p. 84.
A very doubtful native. Inserted by Mr. Couch in his list of Cornish Fishes, accompanied by a remark that he had been informed that a fish, which he could refer to no other species but this, had been taken some time since near Falmouth. He had never, however, himself met with a specimen. Inhabits the Mediterranean.