A weedy sea dragon

Weedy sea dragon

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

Rank: Species

Common names:

  • Common seadragon,
  • Lucas' sea-dragon

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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Near Threatened

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Unknown

Year assessed: 2006

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Bony fish
  5. Ray-finned fishes
  6. Syngnathiformes
  7. Seahorses and pipefish
  8. Phyllopteryx
  9. Weedy sea dragon

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