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Fish #115 Norway Bullhead Micrenophrys lilljeborgii ~ Maria Carbin
Ink and acrylic paint 19 x 23 cm
M.lilljeborgii is a type of scorpionfish, identified by a row of bony knobs above the lateral line. Reaching around just 6 cm in length, it eats small crustaceans like amphipods and decapods, and fishes. Spawning in early spring its demersal eggs are just 2 mm long.
The Norway Bullhead is a widespread fish; found around the northeast Atlantic (sometimes in areas colder than 0°C!) from southwest Scandinavia to Icelandic waters. Though despite its range M.lilljeborgii isn't a common fish, or a well documented one. It resides on gravelly substrates where trawlers cannot fish, so it's rarely caught too. This made it a bit of a challenge to gather reference material (a quick google image search of the Norway Bullhead shows a lot of different, but very similar looking sculpins, or some of poor image quality), so I hope any demersal fish biologists out there could forgive any inaccuracies!
As a part-time biologist and part-time marketing assistant, both at the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, I am constantly immersed in the marine world. I wouldn't really have it any other way. However, this doesn't give me a lot of time to paint! I'm no professional artist, which means I can get away with omitting things like drawing backgrounds, and I've been continuing that trend here with the Norway Bullhead. I'm committed to improving my art, however, especially with ink media, so I hope to create more marine based work in the future.
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