Common Seadragon - ROM2004_1046_17


Common Seadragon

Geography: Australia, New South Wales: beach washup after storm
Date: 1980
length=42.5 cm
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomAnimalia
    • PhylumChordata
    • ClassActinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
    • OrderSyngnathiformes
    • FamilySyngnathidae
    • GenusPhyllopteryx
    • SpecificEpithettaeniolatus
Object number: 38309
Not on view
DescriptionThis specimen (42.5 cm in total length) was found washed up on a beach in New South Wales. It was donated to the ROM by the Australian Museum, Sydney. The weedy sea dragon is found only in southern Australia in temperate waters less than 50 m deep. The leaf-like appendages appear to be floating seaweed, camouflaging the weedy sea dragon among the kelp beds and seaweeds in which it lives. This species is a member of the pipefish family (Syngnathidae), but unlike other pipefishes and seahorses, the female deposits her eggs in cups on a brood patch on the underside of the tail (vs. in an abdominal pouch) of the male.
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