Couch Fish data.

Antique Fish prints by Jonathan Couch from: "History of the Fishes of the British Islands" published in four volumes between 1862 and 1865. This great work contained 256 original hand-coloured  with  water colours and drawings .He made hundreds of drawings of the fish he dissected, keeping a jet of water over each specimen so that he could paint their fresh brilliance before the colours faded. Many of the specimens illustrated were brought to Jonathan Couch by the fishermen of Polperro and he would keep them immersed in water in order to preserve their colours while he drew them. Copies of some of his original drawings of fish landed at Polperro, used to illustrate his Fishes of the British Islands, are on display at the Polperro Heritage Museum and worth a visit . Original antique  woodblock prints that are the result of the collaboration of three of the most talented men of the era:  Couch drew the fish from nature; Alex F. Lydon prepared the woodblocks; and Benjamin Fawcett printed the plates ( as in Morri's Birds and Houses etc) . The colour woodblock prints were then finished with hand colouring by locals in Polperro ! Published in London,  Page size: 16.5 x 25 cm ( 6.5 x 9.8 ") Image sizes vary

** Not all the names are correct as he took names from the fishermen and many were passed 'down the country' to him from other shores and areas**
 Jonathan Couch (1789-1870), was a country doctor from Polperro, a small fishing village in Cornwall. the only child of Richard and Philippa Couch, of a family long resident at Polperro, a small fishing village between Looe and Fowey, on the south coast of Cornwall.  Couch, an authority on fishes, also did the sketches which were finished by Alexander Lydon, with the wood block engraving by Benjamin Fawcett.  
 For more personal history see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Couch

page Volume 1

Nurse Hound
Rough Hound
Black Mouthed Dogfish
Six Gilled Shark
White Shark
Blue Shark
Thrasher
Porbeagle
Toper
Smooth Hound
Picked Dog
Spinous Shark
Greenland Shark
Basking Shark
Rashleigh Shark
Broad Headed Gazer
Hammaer haed
Monkfish
Skate
Flapper Skate
Burton Skate
Thornback Ray
Starry Ray
Spotted Ray
Painted Ray
Bordered Ray
Cuckoo Ray
Sandy ray
Shagreen Ray
Torpedo
Sting Ray
Eagle Ray
Ox Ray
Artctic Chimera
Common Sturgeon
Huso
Three Spined Stcikleback
Tinker
Fifteen Spined Stickleback
Perch
Bass
Ruff
Comber
Dusky Perch
Stone Bas
Dentex
Mendole
Surmullet
Red Mullet
Old Wife
Bogue
Becker
Couch's Sea Bream
Erythrinus
Spanish Bream
Common Sea Bream
Short Sea Bream
Gilthead

Volume 2

Bergylt
Millers Thumb
Father Lasher
Bubalis
Greenland Bullhead
Four Horned Cottus
Elleck
Tubfish
piper
Streaked Gurnard
Gurnard
Bloch's Gurnard
Lanthorn Gurnard
Little Gurnard
Armed Gurnard
Pogge
Greater Weaver
Viper Weaver
Umbrina
Sciaena
Scabbard Fish
Hairtail
Mackarel
Dotted Mackerel
Scribbled Mackerel
Tunny
Bonito
Germon
Pelamid
Plain Bonito
Pilot Fish
Remora
Doree
Pompilus
Cornish Cenrophus
ray's Bream
Opah
Scad
Derbio
Boarfish
Swordfish
Rock Goby
Paganellus
Yellow Goby
Little Goby
Two Spotted Goby
Broad Finned Goby
Tail Spotted Goby
One Spotted Goby
Speckled Goby
Transparent Goby
Slender Goby
Yellow Skulpin
Dusky Skulpin
Lumpfish
Sea Snali
Montagu's Sucker
Newtork Sucker
Cornish Sucker
Doubly Spotted Sucker
Connemara Sucker
Angler
Gattorugine
Butterfly Blenny
Shanny
Montagu's Blenny
Yarrell's Blenny
Butterfish
Viviapous Blenny
Wolf Fish
Dealfish
Bank's Oarfish
Red Bandfish

Volume 3

Atherine
Boier's Atherine
Grey Mullet
Trumpet Fish
Ballan Wrass
Green Wrass
Comber Wrass
Cook
Three Spotted Wrass
Scale Rayed Wrass
Rock Cook
Corkwing
Baillon's Wrass
Cod
Haddock
Dorse
Bib
Power
Whiting
Poutassou
Pollack
Coalfish
Green Pollack
Ling
Burbolt
Torsk
Hake
Three Bearded Rockling
Five Bearded Rockling
Four Bearded Rockling
Mackarel Midge
lesser forkbeard
Greater Forkbeard
Blennoid Forkbeard
Bearded Ophidium
Drummon'd Echidon
Lesser launce
Halibut
Long Rough Dab
Turbot
brill
Sail Fluke
Carter
Muller's Topknot
Bloch's Topknot
Eekstrom's Topknot
megrim
Plaice
Dab
Smear Dab
Pole
Long Flounder
Flounder
Sole
Variegated Sole
lemon Sole
Solnette     Volume 4

Carp
Barbel
Gudgeon
Tench
Crucian
Prussina carp
Goldfish
Lake Bream
White Bream
Pomeranian Bream
Chub
Roach
rudd
Dobule
Dace
Bleak
Graining
Azurine
ide
Minnow
Loach
Spined Loach
Sheatfish
Pilchard
Herring
Sprat
Whitebait
Allis Shad
Twait Shad
Scale Finned Shad
Anchovy
Greater Flying Fish
European HAlfbeak
Blunt Headed Halfbeak
Skipper
Garfish
Pike
Salmon
peal
Sewen
Sea Trout
Salmon Trout
Blue Poll
Lake Trout
Common Trout
Gillaroo
Lochleven Trout
Samlet/parr
Willoughby's Char
Torgoch of llanberris
Gray's Char
Cole's Char
Alpine Char
Smelt
Grayling
Griniad
Vendace
Pollan
Powan
Hebridean Smelt
Argentine
Sharp Nosed eel
Dublin Eel
Braod Nosed Eel
Ophidium Eel
Muraena
Conger
Mossis
Greater Pipefish
Broad Nosed Pipefish
Ocean Pipefish
Snake Pipefish
Worm Pipefish
Hippocampus
Four Horned Trunkfish
Filefish
Pennant's Globefish
Sunfish
Longer Sunfish
Sea Lamprey
Lampern
Planer's Lamprey
Silver lamprey
Mud lamprey
Borer
Lancelet
Broad Headed gazer
Long Finned Grey or Golden Mullet
Sciaena
Short Finned Tunny
Silvery Gade