Fine art print of a Bowmouth Guitarfish. The print is hand-signed by the artist and is guaranteed to arrive in perfect condition. The reproduction of this original pen and ink drawing is done on high quality acid-free archival paper. Call 1 800-913-7906 for more information or to order by phone. Click here for shipping info.
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The Bowmouth Guitarfish was completed on 6.26.2013. I had seen these curious looking rays at the California Academy, and wondered if they would make a good illustration. Then someone randomly emailed by - being a fan of the illustrations - requesting I draw this species. When I found an excellent reference photo by Richard Merritt FRPS I decided to go for it. I'm very happy with the results.
The Bowmouth Guitarfish - also called the Shark Ray or Mud Skate - is the sole member of the family Rhinidae. One reason for this is that the evolutionary development of this fish have not been quite worked out. They are one of the larger rays, reaching lengths of nearly 9 feet (2.9 meters) and weighing about 300 pounds (135 kg.) It is a heavy built fish with a very unusual shape, with the resemblance to the common musical instrument giving it part of it's popular name. These fish prefer to stay near the bottom, ideally in muddy waters or in underwater structures. These fish are considered "vulnerable" due to the fact that they are highly prized for the exotic dish shark fin soup. It has become a symbol of the various ocean animals threatened by human activity it sometimes referred to the as the "Panda of the Aquatic Worl."