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Common seadragon

Phyllopteryx taeniolatus

(Image credit: Graham Edgar)

These relatives of seahorses have distinctive leaf-like appendages protruding from a few parts of the brown-red body. The body has longitudinal blue bars on parts of the body, small yellow spots on the body and head, and white spots on the snout. Males brood red eggs on the underside of the tail. Males brood red eggs on the underside of the tail.

Length: Up to 46 cm


Exposed reef or around jetties; 1-50 m depth

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Log this species in New South Wales (north of Sydney) and Western Australia (Perth and northwards).

We're regarding the weedy as a 'species of interest' - something we need more information on to better assess it's distribution and movements

Related links/info

Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.

Redmap species descriptions were based, with permission, on the following resources:

Australian Marine Life: The Plants and Animals of Temperate Waters by G. J. Edgar, Revised Ed. (2008) Reed Books, Melbourne

Fishes of Australia’s Southern Coast, Edited by M. Gomon. D. Bray and R. Kuiter (2008) Reed Books, Melbourne

Find further information and images at FISHES OF AUSTRALIA http://www.fishesofaustralia.net.au/

Number of sightings 23

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