Comoros 'electric fish' William Paterson
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Comoros 'electric fish'
Plate 13 from the paper "An account of a new electric fish", by William Paterson, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol.76 (1786), pp.382-383. Marine biological study of a tropical fish, probably a variety of Toby, or puffer-fish, viewed side-on. Contemporary descriptions of the fish style it Tetrodon electrics, although it subsequently proved not have any ability to deliver electric shocks. The author was a subaltern in the 98th Regiment based on Anjouan [then Johanna], an island of the Comoros group off the South-east coast of Africa.
Original: watercolour on paper. 1781
- Image reference: RS-9953
- The Royal Society
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