Tag Archive: fish

Mar 16 2014

June Sucker Maze

June Sucker Maze

June Sucker Maze

The June Sucker is an endangered fish that is only found in Utah Lake, in north central Utah, and the lake’s tributaries.  As recently as 1999 there were fewer than 1000 of these fish living in the wild – a steep decline from the millions present in the early 1800’s.  Recent preservation efforts have increased the number of fish to about 250,000.  These new fish are raised in a man-made hatchery near the lake.  It will take time to see if they will find places to spawn in the wild, and then the sucker may be removed from the endangered species list.

One of the June Sucker’s immenent threats is non-native carp, first released in 1883, that now teem by the millions in Utah Lake.  These carp are no threat to a adult sucker (which may be as big as 2 feet from mouth to tail fin); however, the carp feed on the younger suckers.  Since a June Sucker takes many years to mature, they are susceptible to predation during that time.

In an effort to restore the overall well-being of the Utah Lake ecosystem about 2.5 million carp have been removed from 2011 – early 2014.  Another 3.5 million need to go before there will be a chance of ecological balance in this part of the world.  With proper funding this goal will be met by 2017.  The June Sucker is an indicator species which means it represents the health of the ecosystem it lives in.  Therefore the whole area that it lives in, the 150 square miles or so of Utah Lake, and the surrounding land mass, is in bad shape.

Original artwork is copyright 2014 by Rob Hughes.  Drawn with india ink on 9″ x 12″ Bristol white vellum surface paper.  Made in Michigan.  Built to last.

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Feb 12 2014

Coho Salmon Maze

Coho Salmon Maze

Coho Salmon Maze

The Coho Salmon is plentiful in some areas, and threatened or endangered in others.  This is represented in the overall population decline of the species over the last 10 years.  There are several reasons for their decrease, among them fishing (which is still allowed) and damns along the rivers they return to in the late fall and early winter to spawn.

The Coho starts its life in a freshwater stream or river and (except for transplants to The Great Lakes) spends much of its adult life in salt water – The Pacific Ocean.  They range all the way from Central California up to Alaska along the Bering Strait and on to Russia and Japan.  They form the central staple of many traditional diets along their territory.

Take a look at the Coho Salmon Maze and see if you can run your way through it.

Original artwork composed on Bristol 9″ x 12″ acid free vellum surface paper with India Ink.  Copyright 2014 by Rob Hughes.

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Jan 15 2014

X-Ray Fish

X-Ray Fish Maze

X-Ray Fish Maze

The X-Ray Fish, also known as the Pristella Maxillaris or Pristella Tetra, is a fish native to the Amazon River basin. This omnivorous fish lives in large groups, and is very hardy. It is comfortable in a wide range of acidic to alkaline water. It likes both fresh and slightly brackish water equally. The X-Ray Fish has translucent skin that reveals some of its bones and interior organs. Because of its unique appearance and robust nature, this fish is often kept in aquariums.

  • X-Ray Fish usually live about 4 – 5 years. They spawn between 300 – 400 eggs at a time. 24 hours later, these eggs hatch into tiny and delicate fish that receive no assistance from either parent. They will grow into adults after about 9 months.

  • An adult X-Ray Fish is slightly less than 2 inches long; the males are a little smaller and slimmer than females.

  • They are omnivores and feed on small insects, worms and plankton.

  • The X-Ray Fish exhibits shoaling behavior: they need to have others of their kind nearby, though each individual may go its own way. Fish that school together, for comparison, usually move as a group in unison with all other members of that group.

  • In aquariums, X-Ray Fish do best in groups of 10, though as few as 6 is acceptable.

  • The X-Ray Fish, like many other fish, has a swim bladder, which is an air-filled sac that maintains and controls buoyancy. The X-Ray is part of a subgroup of fishes whose swim bladder connects via the vertebrae to the inner ear and gives the fish superior hearing. This arrangement between bladder and bone is called a Weberian apparatus.

You can see the solution to the X-Ray Fish maze here.

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The original was drawn on 7″ x 10″ Canson acid free mix media paper with Faber-Castell archival quality inks by Rob Hughes.

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