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Fish #210 Thickback Sole Microchirus variegatus ~ Sheila Wetton
Watercolour and Brusho crystal colour 24 x 32 cm
The thickback sole lives from the North East Atlantic, through the British Isles and south to Senegal and the Mediterranean. It lives in a depth range from 20 to 400 meters and feeds on a wide range of small bottom-living organisms like crustaceans, shrimps, worms and molluscs. The average length of this fish is 14cm - 16cm, it has an oval body shape with a base colour of brownish grey to brownish red with broad dark crossbands ending with visible dark blotches on dorsal and anal fins.
I chose this fish because of its striking appearance and funny little face.
A little flatfish known as thickback sole
Swims the ocean floor from the north to Senegal
He avoids attention from great trawling ships
That sweep the sandy beds for tasty bits.
His life, though uneventful in the main,
Has unbeknown to him, brought fame
With splash of paint on watercolour brush
We now know Michrochirus variegatus.
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