This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1845 Excerpt: ...and exceeding half the height of the body. The spines are alternately right and left, and diminish in height from the sixth to the last, ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1845 Excerpt: ...and exceeding half the height of the body. The spines are alternately right and left, and diminish in height from the sixth to the last, which is as short as the third one. Their height and thickness varies a little in different individuals. The soft rays are even, and higher than the posterior spines, and the last one is divided to the base. The second and third anal spines are equal to each other, and nearly twice the height of the first one, but are overtopped by the soft part of the fin, which is shaped like the corresponding part of the dorsal. The ventrals are under the middle of the pectorals, or fourth dorsal spine. The caudal is shallowly crescentic at the end. The colours of the fish have, doubtless, undergone considerable alteration from maceration in spirits, but the scales still retain a bright silvery lustre, with lines corresponding to the number of rows. This silvery hue is unstained on the belly. The top of the head, back, and upper part of the sides, have a brownish tinge, and are thickly speckled with darker brown spots, which become gradually effaced on the sides. There is a dark mark under the eye, and two or three rows of brown spots exist on the dorsal and base of the caudal. The upper edge of the soft dorsal is marked anteriorly by a dark patch, and a broad jet-black bar crosses each horn of the crescent of the tail obliquely. There are also two brown longitudinal bars in the middle of the tail. The length of the longest specimen is six inches. Hab. Harvey River (fresh water), Western Australia. Good specimens were presented to the Museum at Haslar, by Mr. Bynoe, and also by J. Gould, Esq., the author of the Ornithology of Australia. Datnia? Ambigua. Richardson. Radii: --Br. 6; D. 10--11; A. 39; .; P. 16; V. 15. Plate X...Read Less
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