Reddish yellow, spotted with black: two barbules on the snout; and one at the symphysis of the lower jaw.

M. tricirrata, Nilss. Prod. Ichth. Scand. p. 48. Gadus tricirratus, Bloch, Ichth. pl. 165. Don. Brit. Fish. vol. i. pl. 2. Turt. Brit. Faun. p. 92. Flein. Brit. An. p. 193. Rock-Ling, Jago in Rays Syn. Pise. p. 164. fig. 9. Three-bearded Cod, Penn. Brit. Zool. vol. in. p. 201. pl. 33. no. 87. Id. (Edit. 1812). vol. iii. p. 267. pl. 36. Mustele commun, Cuv. Reg. An. torn. ii. p. 334.

Length

{Average). From twelve to fifteen inches. According to Pennant, sometimes reaches nineteen inches.

Description

{Form). Body elongated; approaching cylindric anteriorly, compressed behind: depth tolerably uniform throughout, equalling, behind the pectorals, one-seventh of the entire length: thickness, at the same part, more than three-fourths of the depth: head depressed; rather more than one-fifth of the entire length: snout short, broad, and rounded: gape wide: upper jaw a little the longest: a broad band of velvet-like teeth in each jaw, with a single row of longer conical ones behind them in the lower, before them in the upper: sharp card-like teeth on the front of the vomer: two barbules on the upper part of the snout, in advance of the nostrils; a third at the symphysis of the lower jaw; these three barbules of equal length, each measuring one-fourth that of the head' gill-opening large; the membranes uniting under the throat as in the Burbot: scales very small; the skin every-where soft, and covered with a mucosity: lateral line bending downwards beneath the commencement of the second dorsal, and gradually altering its course from one-fifth to one-half the depth: first dorsal commencing in a line with the gill-opening, situate in a deep groove, about half the length of the head; all the rays detached, fine and hair-like, scarcely showing themselves above the groove, numerous; the first ray stouter and longer than the others: second or true dorsal immediately behind the first; long, running nearly to, but not connected with, the caudal; its height, except just at its commencement, uniform, being rather more than one-third the depth of the body: vent exactly in the middle of the entire length, caudal excluded; anal immediately behind it, resembling the second dorsal, and terminating in the same line with that fin: caudal, and also the pectorals, rounded: ventrals narrow; the first two rays longer than the others, with the intervening membrane deeply divided: number of fin-rays,

2nd D. 56; A. 48; C. 24, and some short ones; P. 19; V. 7-

(Colours). "Head and body reddish yellow, marked above the lateral line with large black spots: dorsal fin and caudal darker; anal of a brighter red, but all spotted." Penn.

Frequents rocky shores, but is far more rare in the British seas than the next species. The specimen which furnished the above description, was taken at Weymouth. Is sometimes called the Whistle-Fish.