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Head and jaws of Great hog-fish, 1731


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Illustration showing the head and jaws of a Great hog-fish (Suillus). This fish was about 3-4 feet long. The iris of the eye is red, the upper mandible of a reddish purple colour and guarded by a bony substance as by a shield. The upper part of the 'shield' to the eye is black; from under the eye to the angle of the mouth it is purple sprinkled with crooked blue lines. The end of the upper mandible is armed with four large teeth; at the end of the under mandible were also two of the like size.



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