i wonder if someone here who knows a bit more about the art history of dragons can help me out with this --

what irl animal are these fin/frill type things based on? it doesn't quite match any lizard frills or fins i've found, they're usually covered in scales and have much denser spines (see 4th image). are they just an artistic flourish that hundreds of fantasy artists have converged on?

dragon fin update: apparently i was tunnel-visioning on lizards. turns out fish can have pretty rad fins

@chr Those deep-sea fangly fish give me the jibbilies, but I do like more traditional fishes and also fish-adjacent frens like cephalopods and urchins and whatnot.

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@witchfynder_finder the ocean is a chill place with lots of friends to hang out with there!!!!

@chr Just don't go too deep because those friends are not as friendly!!

@Keltoi @chr Anglerfishes better never step to me if they don't want a good punting

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