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Fish #158 Frie's Goby Lesueurigobius friesii ~ Fiona Rich
Gouache and watercolour on Bristol board 31 by 23 cm
The Fries's goby is native to the Eastern Atlantic Ocean. It lives near the coast, and digs U-shaped burrows into muddy sand, at depths of from 10 to 130 metres. Fries's Gobies are frequently found with the lobster (nephrops norvegicus). They typically grow to at least 94 mm, and live around 11 years.
When researching Frie's goby, I was fascinated by how many colours they have on their bodies. Although they seem quite plain at first, they have very particular markings, and in the light they have a beautiful purple-blue hue. I wanted to celebrate this in my painting.
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