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Fish #177 Goldsinny Wrasse Ctenolabrus rupestris ~ Beatriz Garrido
Coloured pencils 15 x 21 cm
This is a little Goldsinny wrasse. Let's call him Bob.
Its scientific name is Ctenolabrus rupestris, which sounds both impressive and impossible to pronounce. It's a remarkable name for a remarkable little fish. This species is present from central Norway southwards to Morocco, including the United Kingdom, Ireland and the southern Baltic Sea. We don't have to worry about them, as they don't seem to be endangered. We still have to look after them though! They are one of the smallest wrasse found in UK waters. They rarely exceed six inches and a few ounces of weight. Their trademark is a black spot located on the dorsal fin and top of the tail. Fun fact! - All wrasse are born female and remain female for the first part of their lives. So Bob was also Bobbie at some point in his/her life.
Artist information: I'm a Spanish-born wildlife and pet portrait artist based in Kent. Although I pay my bills mostly with portraits of doggies, I have a special interest in Entomology, particularly lepidoptera and coleoptera. I work mainly with coloured pencils on paper, with a realistic approach and a touch of scientific illustration vibes, but I occasionally go on little acrylic adventures. I don't appreciate brush cleaning though. I am always happy to take commissions and you can find me and see more of my work here. Feel free to drop me a line! Instagram
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