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Fish & Shellfish

Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro put forth a wide variety of ceramic items portraying fish and shellfish.

Sardines, eels, crabs, edible crabs, bivalves, lobsters and a huge collection of other fish and shellfish “invaded” panniers, giant plates, baskets, pots and vases, decorated with nets and fishing floats, creating a richly sculptural and theatrical fishing setting, painted with incredibly accurate colours.

Fish and Shellfish - Sea Bass

The sea bass has an elongated silvery gray body with blue hues. It dwells in the northeast Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea, where young sea bass can be found in shoals near estuaries, due to this species easy adaptation to low-salinity waters. Adult sea bass dwell in waters up to 100 meters deep, living a more solitary life. This species feeds on fish, crustaceans and molluscs. It reproduces from January to April.
$127.00

Fish and Shellfish - Striped red Mullet

The striped red mullet is a small reddish fish. It can be found in the northeast Atlantic and the Mediterranean, where it dwells at the bottom of the sea, up to 100 meters deep. This species forms shoals and feeds on crustaceans, small molluscs and fish. It reproduces from late winter to early summer. Juvenile striped red mullets live closer to the surface, only moving to deeper waters once they’ve matured into adulthood. Their two chin barbels contain chemosensory organs and are used to probe the sand for food.
$105.00

Fish and Shellfish - Edible Crab

The edible crab has a robust shell, wider than it is long, with a reddish-brown colour and two strong claws with black tips. It is found in the northeast Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea, where it dwells in shallower waters for the first six months of its life. It then moves to deeper areas, up to 100 meters, including in lagoons and estuaries. The edible crab feeds essentially on crustaceans and bivalves, which it captures and kills by squeezing them with its claws. It reproduces during spring and summer, after females shed their shells. Female edible crabs carry up to 3 million eggs in their abdomen for six months, during which time they remains hidden under rocks or buried in holes they dig.
$489.00

Fish and Shellfish - Mussel

The mussel is a bivalve mollusc with a black, oval shell, which allows it to attach to other organisms. It is found in the northeast Atlantic and the Portuguese coast, in estuaries and oceanic habitats, living in rocky intertidal areas, up to 10 meters deep. It attaches to rocks in large clumps by way of a structure called byssus, feeding of phytoplankton and other organic particles through filtration.
$43.00

Fish and Shellfish - Leaf Barnecle

The leaf barnacle occurs on rocky coasts in the intertidal zone, although it can also be found on deeper areas. It tends to occur in closely associated groups, forming clumps tightly attached to the rocks. This is their defence against stormy seas. Interestingly, the leaf barnacle develops faster where the sea is wilder. These crustaceans are resilient heroes, permanently exposed to the pounding of the waves at the foot of the cliffs. However, as they have little mobility, they are sometimes swept away by ocean currents.
$43.00

Fish and Shellfish - Clam

The clam is a bivalve that includes many species. It has a shell that can vary from light gray to dark brown or display cream, brown or greyish hues, with striations and well-marked lines, presenting a characteristic lattice pattern. This mollusc lives on the sea bottom, near the coast, or on riverbeds and lagoons, buried in sand or mud. It feeds through filtration, with a diet of microalgae carried by currents, captured through a tubelike structure or siphon. It reproduces in summer.
$43.00

Fish and Shellfish - Cockle

The cockle is a filtering bivalve mollusc that lives buried at a depth of about 5 centimetres in sand or mud, where it feeds by filtering the phytoplankton from the water. When threatened, it can quickly burrow deeper by the retraction of the foot that keeps it anchored, which manoeuvre sometimes sallows cockles to escape predators. Cockles are very common and up to 10,000 animals per square meter can be found. Because of its high tolerance to low salinity environments, it is also frequently found in estuaries.
$43.00

Fish and Shellfish - Horse Mackerel

The horse mackerel has an elongated, gray body with blue hues on the back and silver shades on the belly and sides. It lives in the northeast Atlantic, the Madeira Archipelago and the Mediterranean Sea, where it can be found from the surface to the bottom of the sea, in coastal areas between 100 to 200 meters deep. It forms large shoals that undertake substantive migrations, feeding on small fish, crustaceans and molluscs. It reproduces from December to April. Other names for the horse mackerel include scad, saurel and European horse mackerel.
$127.00

Fish and Shellfish - Jack Mackerel

The jack mackerel is quite common in the Atlantic Ocean and throughout the Mediterranean. This species is normally found in big shoals all along the Portuguese coast, at moderate depths, feeding on small crustaceans, fish and molluscs. The jack mackerel undertakes considerable migrations and reproduces between December and April.
$138.00