Leafy Sea Dragon
Leafy Sea Dragon

Leafy Sea Dragon

Leafy Sea Dragon

The Phycodurus Eques, the sole member of the genus Phycodurus is found along the Western coast of Australia. It’s common name derived obviously from it’s leafy protrusions that serve as excellent camouflage. They grow to a length of about 8-10 inches, and feed on Plankton and small crustaceans. The Leafy Sea Dragon has many threats, Humans collect them and use them as pets and in alternative medicines. Their lack of speed makes them vulnerable to any sort of predator, and their inability to curl their tail to hold on to sea grass during a storm washes many ashore during a storms. Though they are not endangered they have been officially protected by the Federal Government of Australia.

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