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A pack of parrotfish fabric by su_g on Spoonflower - custom fabric

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Parrotfish and sea grasses on pale aqua. Entry in the Great Barrier Reef Contest: thank you to everyone who voted - I was really happy to get 137 votes and place 54th out of the 228 total entries!
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© Su Schaefer 2014

A fish called a parrotfish seems very Australian to me. This design is based on the Red-speckled Parrotfish (Cetoscarus bicolor) first described by Rueppell in 1828 (according to my source which is Gerry Allen's 'Marine fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and South-east Asia' published by Periplus Editions, 1997, West Australian Museum, with illustrations by Roger Swainston & Jill Ruse).

Parrotfish do not have individual teeth but rather a "beak-like structure" - as if the teeth have fused together - so they are nibblers or gnawers rather than biters. They are also incredibly brightly colored, and no art can do justice to their coloration. Nor to the noise they make as they gnaw on coral in the reef. A pack of parrotfish can be almost deafening.

Oil & chalk on canvas, half-brick repeat.
[Fabric: 400 ppi, Wallpaper: 300, Decal: 480, Gift wrap: 415 ppi]

A pack of parrotfish

By: su_g
Parrotfish and sea grass on pale aqua. Placed 54th out of 228 entries in the Great Barrier Reef Contest. Oil & chalk on canvas. © Su Schaefer 2014
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