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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Peacock Bass with Lianas

Wood Carving of a Peacock Fish in the Market in Manaus, BrazilManaus, Brazil ~ April 25, 2007

We saw this hanging wood carving in the open-air market in Manaus. Note the spot on its tail; this is a peacock bass, a common fish in parts of Central and South America, and much prized for food. The man standing behind the carving is one of the team of IBAMA officials who were checking the market stalls for possible illegal items for sale. IBAMA stands for "Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente E Dos Recursos Naturais Renov√°veis" (Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources).

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