South American redtail catfish - Yauheniya Batyrava-Hauss
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South American redtail catfish
This mixed media artwork represents South American redtail catfish. It is fulfilled with the ink liners as a traditional black and white drawing and colored in the technique of digital painting.
The redtail catfish (Phractocephalus hemioliopterus) is a pimelodid (long-whiskered) catfish. In Venezuela it is known as cajaro and in Brazil - as pirarara.
The redtail catfish is native to the Amazon, Orinoco, and Essequibo river basins of South America, in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. It is found only in fresh water and inhabits larger rivers, streams and lakes. The redtail catfish is a common aquarium fish.
Phractocephalus hemioliopterus can reach about 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) in length and about 80 kg (180 lb) in weight. A catfish has a brownish back, with yellow sides and orange-red dorsal and caudal fins. It has a pair of barbels on the upper jaw and two pairs on the lower jaw. Due to the potential large size of this species, redtail catfish are considered a game fish by anglers.
Ink, digital painting
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