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Lizardfish and pike
Ichthyological study of an unknown Saurus species, possibly a lizardfish, Synodus saurus [top], and a pike, Esox, here styled Lucius [bottom].
Printed inscription: ‘1. Saurus Salv./ 2. Lucius. a Pike./ Tab. P 5 Sumptibus D. Sam. Pepys Praes: S: R’ with further hand written inscription ‘ or Pickerell. A Jack/ 1. Deest pinna altera, male hic collocatur an Tarantola Romae. Append. p. 29/ 2. The mouth and jaws are not exactly drawn, they ought to be broader and Longer’. Numbered ‘110’ in the top right-hand corner.
Plate P:5 from De historia piscium libri quatuor, by Francis Willughby and John Ray (Oxford, 1686).
Francis Willughby (1635-1672), British naturalist, was an Original Fellow of the Royal Society.
John Ray (1627-1705), British naturalist, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1667.
Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) British naval official and diarist, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1665 and served as President between 1684-1686.
- Image reference: RS-20696
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