1902J.D.F. Gilchrist inTrans. of S. Afr. Philological Soc.XI.iv. 217Probably the Cape Leer-fish was so named by the early Dutch sailors, who brought the name from the East Indies.
1930C.L. BidenSea-Angling Fishes 62Leerfish take up the coloration of the bottom — a power shared by the galjoen and dassie — hence in sandy places the silvery sheen is brilliant and..it has been mistaken for some strange visitor from its dark and almost black colour as seen against a rocky bottom.
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