Who knew fish food was so important? The fast-growing aquaculture industry does. 

This illustration details the internal anatomy of a yellowtail kingfish and has been used in aquaculture and fisheries research to highlight how certain feed nutrients impact the liver and bile ducts in this fish. 

The yellowtail kingfish (Seriola lalandi) is:

🐟 commonly used in fish farming
🐟 popular in Australian cuisine and also for Japanese sashimi
🐟 a fast-growing, predatory, carnivorous fish & requires high-energy diets.

Different aquaculture feeds can impact the absorption of the lipid soluble nutrients by the biliary system of the fish, and consequently affect fish growth.

We think it’s a beautiful image, and a great way to start off our Advent Calendar Illustrator. 

Author: Thank you to 🇦🇺 Rene Campbell. René is a PhD candidate in marine ecology at @Flinders University, South Australia, and a freelance scientific illustrator specialising in ecological, environmental, and natural resources imagery.
The illustration was created in Adobe Photoshop CC and a Wacom Cintiq 24HD tablet. 


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