Tuesday, October 4, 2011

What Kind of Fish is this?

This little fish (about 10") was found in one of the tidepool tanks at the Gloucester Maritime Center.  I couldn't find an identification/information tag near the tank.  Today I did a google image search which sent me in the direction of "grunts", particularly a 'sheepshead grunt'.  My Audobon field guide places grunts in the Family Haemulidae (perch like fish) and places 'sheepshead' in the Family Sparidae' aka "Porgies".  if you can confirm my identification, it would be much appreciated.  

another contender for the new series.  i love how the nape stripe drives through the eye and into the snout.



mary kay said...

Hi Deb-
I believe that it is a Rudderfish (aka Amberjack or Pilotfish) Sierola zonata. I’ve sent some photos out to some local experts for a firm identification. More information about this species can be found through following this link: http://www.gma.org/fogm/Seriola_zonata.htm.

I fell in love with your paintings at CAM years ago and have visited them often. It is great to finally put a face with your beautiful work! If you have any questions about specimens, feel free to contact me at Maritime Gloucester any time.
Mary Kay Taylor,
Education Director, Maritime Gloucester

Debbie Clarke said...

WOW! Thank you so much for this information, it helps me to 'know' the fish i am painting.

I am so pleased that you enjoyed my work at the museum. The paintings are currently in storage, but you can always request a private visit to see them by contacting the museum's curator.

new work is underway for exhibition first quarter 2012. I will be sure to let you know.

and...i really enjoyed my visit to the Maritime Center last Sunday...it was a very busy day there!