Time and Tide Bell ~ #200Fish

A Continuing Arts Programme facing Lincolnshire's Coast

#200Fish is a community project to create works of art based on each of the species of fish found in the North Sea

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Fish #04 Rabbitfish Chimaera monstrosa ~ Ashleigh Allen

Fish #04 Rabbitfish Chimaera monstrosa ~ Ashleigh Allen


Expect this to be quite a sinister fellow. The chimaera was a fire breathing creature, part goat and part lion, of Greek myth and 'monstrosa' is self-evident. It's also called the 'ratfish' (from its long tail) and the 'ghost shark'. There are venom bearing spines on its back, and the rabbitfish really is a distant relative of the shark - some species of the genus Siganus can grow up to 21 inches. (The claim in Fishbase of 1.5 metres seems to be mistaken though and, in any case, some rabbitfish are sold for aquariums!) But in all this you would be wrong - the rabbitfish has a placid personality and is rather a sluggish swimmer. Limited to the North East Atlantic and Mediterranean. Diurnal, it can live at depths up to 500 metres but grazes on near-surface algae, deeper depth zooplankton, and other plants. Quite pleasant really. Unfortunately it is also a constituent of a popular Far Eastern fish sauce and is 'near threatened' on the IUCN's Red List. SM.

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