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Leafy Sea Dragon as Totem

Leafy Sea Dragon as Totem (Phycodurus eques)

Information on Leafy Sea Dragon as totem can be found here:


The leafy sea dragon is a fish closely related to the seahorse, and they're actually quite large (growing to 45 centimetres or about 18-19 inches). They are found in the coastal waters along Australia.

The leaf-like fins and protrusions they have are used solely for camouflage. Sea dragons live in the shallows among the seaweed, moving with the currents, and tend to shift and sway much like a praying mantis does when it is perched on a leaf.

Leafy sea dragons are under threat as they are often collected by people who wish to keep them as pets and perhaps - more dangerously - are commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.


18.5 x 20.5cm (or 7.4 x 8 in)
illo's board, fineliner, aquarelle, pencil, metallic and iridescent paint
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Ravenroseserpent's avatar
love Sea Dragons and Sea Horse so graceful, beautiful and smart. I love the colors. I love the Ocean and the sea animals
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This gorgeous piece was featured here : [link]
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Oh thank you so much! :)
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your artwork has been suggested for a feature:

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Keep up the great work! :D
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I loooove the colours in this. Fabulous.
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Thank you very much. :)
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You're welcome. I really enjoy your work :)
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I've never heard of the leafy sea dragon before...they're fascinating little creatures! And, as always, your painting is beautiful! :)
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Thank you! We have them here in Western Australia, but I've only seen them at the state aquarium, they are amazing.
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I live where these come from. ;)
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Sweet! :boogie: This dude is AWESOME! Camouflage is key! :giggle:
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Wow! What a lovely picture - I love these little guys, and I think they are very under appreciated. It's nice to see someone getting them some much-needed exposure. ^_^
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You're most welcome.
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my daughter and i just saw a gorgeous collection of these at the new england aquarium in boston a few weeks ago. they really are much larger than they appear in photos or on tv!

i love the purple with the yellows and greens in this :)
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