Sea Dragon

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I first assumed this little guy here was a seahorse like any other. Turns out it is a cousin; if you may say. Holding up a scientific name: Phyllopteryx taeniolatus they are commonly found in the Western Pacific Ocean near Australia. There are two kinds of sea dragons : a leafy kind and a weedy kind- the latter depicted in the picture. 


Fun facts: They do not have teeth & the male carry the eggs – as do sea horses and pipefish.


They are classified as ‘Near Threatened’ based on the IUCN Red List 2006 which does imply they are at a lower risk at extinction but are in dying numbers primarily due to habitat loss than illegal trading.


Photo reference: Taken at the Shedd Aquarium, Chicago. It’s a ‘through-the-glass’ shot, not an underwater one! They even had a gorgeous set of jelly fishes and a show involving dolphins & seals which was an interesting sight.

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