Dorsals nearly contiguous: lower jaw considerably the longest: distance between the eyes more than equal to their diameter.

G. bipunctatus, Yarr. Brit. Fish. vol. i. p. 255. G. niger, Don. Brit. Fish. vol. v. pl. 104. Flem. Brit. An. p. 206.


From two to four inches.


(Form). General form resembling that of the last species, but rather more elongated in proportion to the depth: eyes further asunder, and placed more laterally; the distance between them rather more than equal to their diameter: head moderately depressed: lower jaw considerably more projecting: dorsals not approximating quite so nearly; the first with a ray more; the second with three (in Donovans two) less; posterior rays of this last rather the longest. In other respects the forms of the two species are similar.

D. 7 - 11; A. 11; C 12, and 2 short; P. 18; V. 12.

(Colours). Testaceous, or yellowish white, all the scales on the back and upper part of the sides edged with brown; towards the top of the back this last colour prevails almost entirely: on the lateral line, beneath the commencement of the first dorsal, a conspicuous black spot; a similar one on each side of the base of the caudal fin: fins grayish white, with obsolete dusky bars.

Perhaps more common than the last species, with which it has, until lately, been confounded. The above description is taken from a specimen in the collection of Mr. Yarrell. Donovan's was from the coast of Devonshire.