Phycodurus eques (G√ľnther, 1865)
Leafy seadragon
photo by Maddern, M.

 Family:  Syngnathidae (Pipefishes and seahorses), subfamily: Syngnathinae
 Max. size:  35 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 4 - 30 m, non-migratory
 Distribution:  Eastern Indian Ocean: endemic to southern Australia.
 Diagnosis:   
 Biology:  Usually occur over sand patches close to reefs with kelp, feeding on mysids and other crustaceans. Ovoviviparous (Ref. 205). The male carries the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail (Ref. 205). One of the most spectacular examples of camouflage: neither prey nor predators recognize it as a fish.
 IUCN Red List Status: Near Threatened  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
 Country info:   
 

 Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 07.12.95
 Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 10.12.04

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