Weedy seadragons are found among coral reefs, seagrass beds and seaweeds off the south coast of Australia. Like their close relatives the seahorses, male seadragons incubate the eggs in brood pouches, supplying oxygen to the eggs through their own blood vessels.
Scientific name: Phyllopteryx taeniolatus
The following habitats are found across the Weedy sea dragon distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Unknown
Year assessed: 2006
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
Phyllopteryx taeniolatus, also known as the weedy seadragon or common seadragon, is a marine fish related to the seahorse. It is the only member of the genus Phyllopteryx. Adult weedy seadragons are a reddish colour, with yellow and purple markings; they have small leaf-like appendages that provide camouflage and a number of short spines for protection. Males have narrower bodies and are darker than females. Seadragons have a long dorsal fin along the back and small pectoral fins on either side of the neck, which provide balance. Weedy seadragons can reach 45 cm in length.
The weedy seadragon is the marine emblem of the Australian State of Victoria.
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