THE ROCK FISH -
Perca venenosa Now: PRINCESS ROCKFISH or YELLOWFIN GROUPER -
Mycteroperca venenosa Lin.
There is a marked difference in
colouration between the print, of which this is typical, and the surviving
original watercolour in the Royal Collection which shows a base colouration
of a faded bright blue that could never have formerly been dull brown as described
in Catesby's text. A highly variable species and so Catesby could have used
any colouration he choose and it would still probably have been correct. The
expandable pouch below the extended lower jaw is typical of groupers. The
tip of the tail, missing in the original prints, has been rebuilt using
other parts of the image, it looked absurd without it..