Depth considerably more than one-third of the length; dorsal line falling suddenly to the snout.
L. gibbus, Gmel. Linn. torn. i. part iii. p. 1295. Turt. Brit. Faun. p. 98. Crenilabrus gibbus, Flem. Brit. An. p. 209. Gibbous Wrasse, Penn. Brit. Zool. vol. iii. p. 250. pl. 46. Id. (Edit. 1812). vol. iii. p. 338. pl. 56. Yarr. Brit. Fish. vol. i. p. 298.
Eight inches. Penn.
(Form). " Very deep and elevated, the back vastly arched, and very sharp or ridged: greatest depth three-eighths of the length: from the beginning of the head to the nose a steep declivity: teeth like those of the others: eyes of a middling size: the nearest cover of the gills finely serrated:
D. 16/9; A. 3/11; P. 13; V. 1/5: caudal large, rounded at the end; the rays branched; the ends of the rays extending beyond the webs: lateral line incurvated towards the tail: gill-covers and body covered with large scales. (Colours). Gill-covers most elegantly spotted, and striped with blue and orange, and the sides spotted in the same manner; but nearest the back the orange disposed in stripes: dorsal and anal sea-green, spotted with black; ventrals and tail a fine pea-green; pectorals yellow, marked at their base with transverse stripes of red." Penn.
This species appears to be known only from the description of Pennant, who obtained a specimen taken off Anglesea. Its great depth clearly distinguishes it from the L. Cornubicus, of which Mr. Couch seems inclined to think it a mere variety*.