Poison stonefish, 18th century

Poison stonefish, 18th century

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Caption: Poison stonefish (Synanceja verrucosa), 18th-century artwork. This venomous fish, which can be lethal to humans, is found in shallow tropical marine waters in the Indo-Pacific region. This watercolour was painted by British artist Sydney Parkinson (c.1745-1771) on Captain James Cook's first voyage to the Pacific (1768-1771) in HMS Endeavour. This artwork is part of the collections held at the Natural History Museum, London, UK.

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