Common Sea Dragon

Phyllopteryx taeniolatus Lacepède, 1804

It occurs only in the southern half of Australia. This popular species has a long tubular snout and simple leaf-like appendages on the body that resemble kelp fronds. Although females are deeper-bodied than males, it is the males that brood the developing eggs - in a specialised area on the underside of their tail.

The Common Seadragon is the Marine State Emblem of Victoria.

Protected Species:The Common Seadragon is protected by national legislation

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What habitats does Phyllopteryx taeniolatus live in?

Kelp-covered rocky reefs at depths from about 3 m to 50 m

What is the distribution of Phyllopteryx taeniolatus?

The species is endemic to Australian temperate marine waters. It occurs from the central New South Wales coast around the south coast of Australia to south-western Western Australia

How big does Phyllopteryx taeniolatus grow?

They can grow up to around 45 cm

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