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Fish #164 Leopard-spotted Goby Thorogobius ephippiatus ~ Elsie Luna (age 9)
ALL ABOUT The LSG Thorogobius ephippiatus is carnivorous, mostly eating small crustaceans, polychaets, gastropods, and algae. In terms of what eats it, luckily, it is in the 'least concerned status'.
Its colour varies, depending on the light. When in direct sunlight, the purple turns almost white, and the spots a rather pink colour. But when in the water, it looks more like my computer drawing: purple, a bit of pink maybe, and dark brown spots.
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Seen at depths from six to 40 metres, the LSG is 12-13 centimetres long.
AMAZING FACT The LSG comes from the family of Gobiidae, but now I have to say that some humans think that having twins are either enough or too much, but the LSG has over 1,875 other species of goby in its Gobiidae family, and its mating season is May to July, The male guards a nest with 2,500 to 12,000 eggs in it! So, no matter what, you will have to have a lot of brothers and sisters!
WHY THIS FISH? The reason I chose this fish was mainly because of its name, as at first I was scrolling through the list of fish to choose from, and I thought that, if its name has the word 'leopard' in it then, it must be something pretty, and so I looked it up on the Internet to see what it looked like, and if it was suitable for me. The purple immediately caught my eye, and I knew in an instant, "That's the one!" I think I said it out loud when I saw it!
Drawing it on the computer wasn't originally the plan; it was Plan B. Plan A, however, just could never decide exactly what it was; it varied from a real model, using metal etching, a process when a reaction happens between two metals, causing one to go darker, and if you drew something on it with a marker first, then it would not go darker underneath the pen. Therefore, if I drew the LSG with pen on it, then, at the end, after wiping the pen off, there would be a slightly lighter bit of metal underneath where I would have drawn the LSG. But, unfortunately, something went wrong with the metal, and at that point there was probably around three days left for me do my LSG, so in came Plan B, which had to be done very fast in the remaining few days. Luckily it turned out to be alright, so now Plan B is officially the one to be used.
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