Friday, March 18, 2016

African Fish of late...

Been drawing up a storm on African freshwater fishes lately. An interesting family of those fish is the Elephantfish family, which includes the comic looking Campylomormyrus Elephantfish, but also a variety of other interesting fish, many of which are (harmlessly) electric.  They likely use electricity to find dinner and to locate other members of their species in the dark and muddy waters of the Congo and other African rivers. A large member of this family is the Cornish Jack Fish, with a small flat mouth, and teeny tail, though I took the liberty of picking a color scheme from the Rift Valley lakes. I also did up the Baby Whale Fish (a marketing trick of the tropical fish industry, just like those 'Asian shark' catfish), which is an elephant fish with no trunk. I began picking on the African cichlids, most of which are very pretty, like the Banded Jewel Cichlid, especially the small species, Ornate ctenopoma fish, etc. Not to be missed, I also drew the Giant Tigerfish, (Goliath tigerfish is a synonym) a species featured in many 'monster' fish TV shows. The Giant tiger is less colorful and has a deeper body than the typical African Tigerfish.  Both species are Characins, like the Piranha, though are closer to the Tetras (like the little Neon Tetra aquarium fish I grew up with). Look for all the new African fish as I draw them on the Old World Fishes page.