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, February 11, 2015

Creature Feature #480: Moray Eel

The Moray are a Family of mostly-marine Eels with a world-wide distribution and around 200 species. These slender fish lurk within crevices in the rocks and wait for prey to swim near, detecting it by scent. His jaws are wide, framing a protruding snout equipped with large teeth which he uses to grip his prey. His head is too narrow to create the low pressure used by most fish to swallow their prey, instead he is equipped with a second set of jaws. This is known as a pharyngeal jaw and moves forward, grasping the captured prey and transport it down the throat and into the digestive system.

This is a Fimbriated Moray.

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