Ruby Seadragon (Phyllopteryx dewysea)

Also known as Rubyred Seadragon, Sea Dragon

Description

Also known as Rubyred Seadragon, Sea Dragon.

Found singly or in pairs anchored with their tails to corals over off-shore sandy reef habitats.
They feed on zooplankton which they suck whole into their mouths.
Length - 26cm
Depth - 50-72m
Eastern Indian Ocean - Western Australia

Pipefishes and Seahorses are unique in that the male gives birth! The female deposits their eggs after fertilisation into the males pouch to incubate the eggs for one month before giving birth.
They attach to anything they can get their tail around, even each other usually close to the bottom to blend in with their surroundings.
Seahorses are a threatened species because it is sought after for Chinese medicine. Ref: http://www.fishbase.org/summary/68465

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