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submitted by Museum Administration on 11.10.2003

Seahorse

Seahorse, Hippocampus ramulosus

Although this odd-looking fish is relatively rare in the Mediterranean, it can be found occasionally among the eel-grasses and weeds in the shallow waters around Kythera. These were found at Avlemonas.

Dried seahorses, 6 – 8 cm. Gift of Evdokia Marentis. Photograph © James Prineas, 2003

Natural History Museum > Fish

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Sea Bream

This large Sea Bream was purchased frozen from the Leontsinis Supermarket in Karvounades in 2003. It made a delicious meal.

Sea bream skull, 9 cm. Photograph ©James Prineas, 2003

Natural History Museum > Fish

submitted by Museum Administration on 11.10.2003

Garfish

Garfish, Belone belone

With a long snout full of needle-sharp teeth, the gar is easy to recognize. It is frequently found in the shallow waters around Kythera during the summer. The gar is also known as “greenbone” because of its color when cooked.

Garfish skull, 23 cm. Gift of Tom Schreuder, Sem Schreuder and Inge de Leeuw, 2001. Photograph ©Peter B. Tzannes, 2003

Natural History Museum > Fish

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Gurnard

Gurnard, Triglida

The gurnards have pectoral fins that fan out like wings, for which reason they are mistakenly called ‘flying fish’. In fact they are bottom feeders, and lie on the sea floor, using their wing-like fins to stir up weeds and sand to rout out their prey.

Skull of gurnard, 5.5 cm. Gift of Zoe Paul, 2001. Photograph ©Peter B. Tzannes, 2003

Natural History Museum > Fish

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Red Scorpionfish

Red Scorpionfish, Scorpaena scrofa

This ugly, big-headed fish has poisonous spines on its gill covers and dorsal fin. Common around Kythera.

Skull of scorpionfish, 6 cm. Gift of John A. Tzannes, 1992. Photograph ©Peter B. Tzannes, 2003