Wear Fish, Or Squeteague, a spiny-rayed fish of the genus otolithus (Ouv.), resembling the perch. It has numerous teeth in the jaws, some having the form of elongated, hook-like canines; the head is convex, supported by cavernous bones; the air bladder has a horn on each side projecting forward. The common weak fish (0. regalis, Cuv.) is between 1 and 2 ft. long, brownish blue above, with irregular brownish spots, and tinged with greenish and banded in the young; the sides silvery, abdomen white, and iris yellow; lower fins orange; no barbels on chin, and bones of anal fin weak; there is a single row of very small teeth in the upper jaw, and a double series in the lower; dorsals separated, and the second, with the caudal and anal, mostly covered with scales. This was formerly one of the most common marine fishes in Vineyard and Long Island sounds, but is now less abundant; it has been taken in the gulf of St. Lawrence and the gulf of Mexico; it often accompanies the bass (labrax). The flesh is wholesome and well flavored, but so quickly gets soft that it does not rank high in the market.

The air bladder makes excellent isinglass for culinary purposes.

Common Weak Fish (Otolithus regalis).

Common Weak Fish (Otolithus regalis).