Latin name: Serra
A creature half human, half fish
The mermaid has the body of a woman from head to waist, and a fish below. Mermaids are vain, and like to admire their own image. There are also mermen. The mermaid is often confused with the siren, which has many of the same attributes.
The mermaid is usually shown holding a mirror and a comb, symbols of pride and luxury. In some illustrations the mermaid holds a fish instead. The mermaid and the siren are often illustrated in similar forms; sometimes the only way to determine which is intended is from the rubrics or the accompanying text.