Lateral line, and a large spot behind the pectorals, black: upper jaw longest.

G. iEglefinus, Linn. Syst. Nat. torn. i. p. 435. Bloch, Ichth. pl. 62. Don. Brit. Fish. vol. iii. pl. 59. Turt. Brit. Faun. p. 89. Onos, Will. Hist. Pise. p. 170. tab. L. m. 1. n. 2. Morhua AEglefinus, Flem. Brit. An. p. 191. Hadock, Penn. Brit. Zool. vol. in. p. 179. Id. (Edit. 1812). vol. iii. p. 241. L'Egrefin, Cuv. Reg. An. torn. ii. p. 331.


From eighteen inches to two feet; rarely more.


{Form). Rather more elongated, in proportion to its depth, than the Common Cod: barbule on the chin shorter: nape with an elevated ridge instead of a groove: upper jaw considerably the longest: lateral line hardly so much curved: first dorsal more decidedly triangular; the second and third rays longest, and more elevated above the others: third dorsal of the same length as the first, but not so high, the rays being more nearly equal: first and second anals answering to the second and third dorsals respectively: insertion of the pectorals in a line with the first ray of the first dorsal: ventrals narrow and pointed; the second ray longest: caudal forked: number of fin-rays,

D. 16 - 21 - 19; A. 24 - 20 ; C. about 40, besides short ones; P. 21; V. 6: scales small; firmly attached to the skin: vent in a line with the commencement of the second dorsal. {Colours). Dusky brown: belly, and lower part of the sides, silvery: lateral line black: a large black spot on each side of the body, behind the pectorals and beneath the first dorsal.

An abundant species on all parts of the coast, particularly during Winter. Migrates northwards in Spring. Keeps in large shoals. Spawns in February.

(24). G. Punctatus, Turt

Brit. Faun. p. 90. Morhua punctatus Flem. Brit. An. p. 192.

"Body eighteen inches long, slightly arched on the back, a little prominent on the belly, covered above with numerous gold-yellow roundish spots, beneath with dusky specks which are stellate under a glass: head large, gradually sloping: teeth small, in several rows in the upper jaw, in the lower a single row: nostrils double: iris reddish, pupil black: chin with a single beard: nape with a deep longitudinal groove: lateral line nearer the back, curved as far as the middle of the second dorsal fin, growing broader and whiter towards the end: upper fins and tail brown, with obscure yellowish spots, and darker towards the ends; lower ones tinged with green: vent near the middle of the body: scales small; under a glass minutely speckled with brown: gill-covers of two pieces: lower jaw with five obscure punctures on each side:

D. 14 - 20 - 18; A. 19 - 16; P. 18; V. 6, the first ray shorter than the second, and divided a little way down; C. 36, even at the extremity." Turt.

This supposed species, which 1 am not acquainted with, is stated by Dr. Turton as being frequently taken in the Weirs at Swansea. No other author appears to have noticed it. I would venture to suggest that it is only a variety of the G. Morrhua.