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Fish #123 Sea Tadpole Careproctus reinhardti ~ Emily Gould
Silver gel pen on black card 22 x 21 cm
The sea tadpole, or careproctus reinhardti, lives on muddy sea bottoms, with a maximum reported depth of 1750 metres, but ranging from 75 metres. It is part of the liparidae family, also known as snailfishes. They feed on benthic and pelagic crustaceans and fish. The female sea tadpole lays approximately 300 eggs at a time, each with a diameter of 4.5 millimetres. The sea tadpoles are distributed mainly around the Kara and Laptev seas in the Arctic, but are also found in the Atlantic, near Iceland and Greenland, and of course, the North Sea. The maximum length of the sea tadpole is 30 centimetres, and it is described scientifically as having around 53 dorsal soft rays, 59 vertebrae, simple teeth, large gill slit reaching below the base of the lower lobe of the pectoral fin, having one nostril either side of the mouth and being a pinkish orange in colouration. It was first found and logged in 1862.
Emily Gould has always lived by the sea, firstly in Poole, Dorset, and now in the village of Chapel St Leonards. She is 13 years old, and runs a small business, selling prints of her artwork as greeting cards.
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