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|The Crucifix Catfish
by Allan James
his is a brief look into how Sciades proops, one of the many sea catfishes in this genus, received the common name of the "Crucifix Catfish".
The underside of the skull covering has a bony structure which can be seen when all the flesh and soft parts are removed. It then looks like a crucifix or like a painting of Christ crucified, and is surrounded by a Weberian bone in form of a halo. The upper rough part of the skull roof which is also visible on the living fish, looks like a Monk with a cowl and hood and his arms outstretched in prayer. Others see this as a Roman soldier with armour on his chest and the dorsal fin spine is the lance which he opened up Christs side.
The pictures depicted in this article are from Ann & Danny Blundells trip to the Margarita Islands just of the North Coast of Venezuela and a popular destination for tourists from the United Kingdom.
I am indebted to Danny who took these pictures and who is himself a very accomplished photographer, and treasurer of the Catfish Study Group.
Below are the rest of the images in this article. I have arranged them in thumbnail fashion and you can click on them for a larger image. They are all the Copyright of D. Blundell except for the map of Venezuela.
For a mini factsheet on this species, go here
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