Weedy Seadragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus)

Also known as Common Seadragon, Lucas Sea Dragon, Sea Dragon

Description

Also known as Common Seadragon, Lucas Sea Dragon, Sea Dragon.

Found singly or in pairs anchored with their tails over corals and seaweeds over coral reefs also sometimes offshore attached to drifting seaweed rafts.
They feed on zooplankton which they suck whole into their mouths.
Length - 45cm
Depth - 0-50m
Eastern Indian Ocean - Australia

The Weedy Seadragon is the marine emblem of the Australian State of Victoria.

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: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/14267

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