How to Draw a Pygmy Seahorse

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Pygmy Seahorse in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Pygmy Seahorse.

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How to Draw a Pygmy Seahorse - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: The pygmy seahorse is extremely small and the first step is to draw its head. It is small with hooked nose.

Step 2: Next, draw the nose, an oval for the eye, and the start of the body pattern.

Step 3: Then draw the body. Pygmy seahorse is expert in camouflage with red bumps on its skin.

Step 4: The next step is to complete the rest of the body pattern. The body of the seahorse is pink with red bumps.

Step 5: The last step is to draw the tail. This seahorse does not have a curved tail and shaped like a tube but they can wrap it around coral.

Interesting Facts about the Pygmy Seahorse

One of the smallest species of seahorse in the world, the Pygmy seahorse is only found in the Coral Triangle area of Southeast Asia. They grow to be only 1.06 in long and excel at camouflage, almost impossible to spot among the sea grasses, sea fans, and soft coral they live in. There are currently six known species of Pygmy seahorses that all exist in the same area of the Coral Triangle.

Did you know?

  • Pygmy Seashorses have a single gill opening on the back of their head instead of two on the sides of the neck like other seahorses.
  • Males Pygmy Seahorses carry their young inside their trunk instead of a pouch on their tail like other seahorses.
  • Pygmy Seahorses were only discovered in 15 years ago.
  • Scientists believe that there are many more Pygmy Seahorse speces yet to be discovered.
  • Unlike other seahorses, Pygmy Seahorses have fleshy bodies with, short snouts, and long prehensile tails.

Lesson plan note: Pygmy Seahorses excel at camouflage. Print out pictures of Pygmy Seahorses hiding in their natural habitat, then have students try to locate all of the seahorses in the picture. Show them how Pygmy Seahorse bodies are designed to hide them.