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Fish #176 Mediterannean Rainbow Wrasse Coris julis ~ Gareth Shaw
Watercolour, coloured pencil and acrylic 30 x 40 cm
The Mediterannean rainbow wrasse occurs in the coastal zone, near rocks and sea grass meadows. It can be found at up to 60 metres in depth, but old males stay in deeper waters, especially during winter. Just like other species of its family, it is hermaphroditic, females being able to convert into males whenever it is necessary. The Mediterranean rainbow wrasse is a sometimes solitary fish that, when scared, buries itself in sand.
The Mediterannean rainbow wrasse has no scales on the head, or on the base of dorsal and anal fins.
I chose this fish as it is a colourful little visitor to our waters, and was a delight to capture in watercolour and pencils.
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