The Mangrove Snapper - Volume II - Catesby Collection


Mark Catesby's Description of the
Mangrove Snapper

TURDUS PINNIS branchialibus careens

The figure represents the usual size of this Fish: the colour of it was that of umber, dark on the back, and light on the belly. The sides of the mouth were red, as were some parts of the gills with a faint tincture of blue: the nose was pointed, the mouth wide, and at the end of each mandible were two large teeth; it had no more than three fins, a very long prickly one covering the greater part of the back, one under the abdomen, and a third behind the anus: the tail large, ending in a concave curve. It is esteemed pretty good food.

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