weedy sea dragon #1
Weedy Sea Dragons grow to a mature length of about 18 inches (45 cm). They use camouflage as their primary defense, and are found along the southern reefs and sandy underwater areas of Australia. Though relatively common compared to Leafy Sea Dragons, Weedy Sea Dragons are also government protected, and subject to strict export controls.

Though they are similar in appearance to sea horses, Weedy Sea Dragons do not have prehensile (gripping) tails, but rather appear to use them for steering. The beautiful colors of this sea dragon are highlighted by the iridescent blue bands along the upper body.

Identification: Phyllopteryx taeniolatus

related links:

Hear aquarist  Kristy Forsgren from the Aquarium of the Pacific talk about sea dragons, hosted by Petfishtalk.com

Factual information on weedy sea dragons, by the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

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