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Leafy Sea Dragon as Totem by Ravenari Leafy Sea Dragon as Totem by Ravenari
Leafy Sea Dragon as Totem (Phycodurus eques)

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

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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.

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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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Social-Misfit Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
This gorgeous piece was featured here : [link]
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh thank you so much! :)
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2003line Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
amazing !
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you. :)
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
G'day,

your artwork has been suggested for a feature:

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Keep up the great work! :D
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Lucissa Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I loooove the colours in this. Fabulous.
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Ravenari Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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Lucissa Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome. I really enjoy your work :)
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van-goghbutterflies Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
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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Ravenari Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
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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