How to Draw an Orbicular Batfish

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an Orbicular Batfish in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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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 Orbicular Batfish.

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How to Draw an Orbicular Batfish - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: The first step in drawing the Orbicular batfish is to draw its head. Add a small area for the mouth.

Step 2: Next, draw the face and gill. Add a circle for the eye and a half circle for the gill. The batfish has black stripes over its body with one over its eye.

Step 3: Then draw the body. Add extra lines for the stripes.

Step 4: The next step is to draw the lower and middle fins. There are two fins on the bottom and one on the side.

Step 5: Next, draw the larger body fins. The tips of these fins are black but the rest are yellow.

Step 6: Then draw the tail. Just like the body fins the tip is black but the rest of it is yellow.

Interesting Facts about the Orbicular Batfish

A popular aquarium fish the Orbicular Batfish, it occurs naturally in tropical waters all over the Pacific and Indian Oceans. They have an almost disc-shaped body with a tail that makes up 20% of their length and reach sizes of 50cm, although aquarium specimens are smaller. They are found in brackish waters and reefs from 5-30ft deep. Orbicular Batfish go from an organge-brown color to a mix silver, blacks, and yellows as adults.

Did you know?

  • Orbicular Batfish are often found in and around deep sea ship wrecks.
  • Juvenile Orbicular Batfish travel in groups staying in the safety of mangroves and lagoons.
  • Juvenile Orbicular Batfish perfectly mimic the movement and appearance of dead leaves to camoflaugh themselves.
  • Orbicular Batfish have started to appear off the coast of Florida, probably because of home aquarium dumping.
  • Adult Orbicular Batfish are sometimes found traveling in large schools, near ship wrecks.

Lesson plan note: Orbicular Batfish go through extreme changes with age, changing in shape size, and color. Give students paper and color pencils to draw a version of the Batfish at every stage of its live. Starting as hatchlings going through the juvenile to adult stages.