About the Project

The ZooTrophy Animal-a-Day project began on October 15th, 2013 as illustrator Angela "LemurKat" Oliver began working her way, systematically but selectively, through the alphabet and presenting, via social media, an illustrated animal to the world. Daily.

All pieces are drawn as 2.5 x 3.5 inch collectible cards, using a combination of polychromos and prismacolor pencils, along with other art materials. Many are still available for purchase ($10) or trade, so drop her an email if anything captures your eye or if there is an animal you wish to request.

It is predicted this project will take her at least two years to complete - with approximately 36 animals being drawn for each letter. She has also used the images to create a collectible hardback encyclopedia series, playing cards and a desk calendar, as well as the ZooTrophy collectible trading card game.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Creature Feature #326: Humuhumunukanukaapua'a

The "rainbow fish with the pig-nosed snout", also known as the reef triggerfish, the Humuhumunukunukuāpuaa is the state fish of Hawaii. He is distributed across the Indo-Pacific region, where he inhabits tropical reefs. He can wedge himself into quite small crevices, and will lock his spine to make it difficult to dislodge him. His main diet is invertebrates buried in the substrate, and to uncover these he blows jets of water from his mouth. He will also sift sand through his mouth. Aggressive in nature, he leads a relatively solitary existence. When healthy, his colouration is at its most intense, and if frightened or sleeping it fades, allowing him some measure of camouflage.

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