Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Threadfin Butterflyfish

Threadfin Butterflyfish
Watercolor, Pen and Ink on Arches 140lb. Hot Press
Matted in a 5 x 7'' Ivory Matt

Chaetodon auriga

The Hawaiian name for this fish is Kikakapu, meaning “strongly prohibited.”  Kikakapu refers to several species of Butterflyfish, and suggests sacred associations.  The species name from the Latin word auriga, means “charioteer”, possibly because of the whip-like dorsal fin.  The Threadfin Butterflyfish measures up to eight inches (20 cm) long and forages on sand-dwelling invertebrates.  

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