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Leafy Seadragons and Weedy Seadragons are protected fish of the family Syngnathidae, with leafy appendages or seaweed-like camouflage. They inhabit southern Australian coastal waters.

Leafy and Weedy Seadragons

Seadragons are graceful, but rather strange looking fish.

  • Seadragons are characterised by having leaf-like appendages that camouflage them so that they resemble floating pieces of seaweed.
  • Seadragons (or Sea Dragons) are fish that belong to the family Syngnathidae, the same one as Seahorses and Pipefish.
  • There are two different species of Seadragon - Leafy Seadragons (Phycodurus eques) and Weedy Seadragons (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus),.
  • Seadragons (or Sea Dragons) are graceful, slow - moving fish that swim around the seagrass meadows and seaweed beds feeding on mysids.
  • Seadragons are only found in coastal waters off southern Australia.
  • Both Leafy Seadragons and Weedy Seadragons are protected species.
  • It is the male Seadragon who incubates the eggs.

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