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Species presence
 Recorded In Australia
 Marine Habitats
Conservation status
IUCNNear Threatened

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The Weedy Seadragon is only found in the temperate waters of southern Australia. They are related to seahorses. source: Marine Education Society of Australasia

The Weedy Seadragon is a fascinating creature with leaf like appendages. It has blue spotting on the long snout and body is orange or brown. It is difficult to spot when amongst weeds. The juveniles are more slender with proportionately larger appendages making them even harder to see. source: OZ Animals

Online resources

Citizen Science
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Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota
Encyclopedia of Life
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Flickr EOL
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Marine Education Society of Australasia
OZ Animals
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Reef Life Survey Images
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Seafood Services Australia
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Habitat, Conservation, Threats, Reference

Species Lists

State emblems
Emblem type: marine
State: Victoria
RLS profile v3
Abundance: 1.291
Behaviour: The juveniles are most abundant on the sandy edge of reefs near the mouth of bays. Adults live among the larger algae on exposed reefs and tend to be found in relatively deep water in the north of their range
Common_Name: Weedy seadragon;Common seadragon; weedy seadragon
Depth: 1–50 m
Description: Seadragons are closely related to seahorses but with elongate non-prehensile tails, and the male holds eggs under the tail rather than carrying them in a brood pouch. Living individuals have an astonishing colour pattern, consisting principally of an orange-red background colour, iridescent blue stripes on the chest and numerous white spots and yellow markings
Distribution: Geraldton, WA, to Port Stephens, NSW, and around Tas.
Frequency: 0.586
Habitat: Moderately to submaximally exposed reef
IUCN_Threat_status: Near Threatened
Invasive: Not known to be invasive
Life_History: Eggs remain under the tail of the adult male for about two months; then hatched juveniles grow rapidly to a length of about 70 mm after three weeks on a diet primarily of mysid crustaceans
Max_size: 460 mm
Range: 1013.494
Threats: Illegal fishing for East Asian medicinal market
South Australian Fish from the AFD

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Phyllopteryx taeniolatus


Synonyms Source
Syngnathus foliatus Shaw, 1804 Shaw, 1804
Published in: Shaw, G. 1804. General Zoology or systematic natural history. Fishes London : G. Kearsley Vol. 5 pp. 1-463 pls 1 (or 93)-182
Syngnatus taeniolatus Lacépède, 1804 Lacépède, 1804
Published in: Lacépède, B.G.E. 1804. Mémoire sur plusieurs animaux de la Nouvelle-Hollande dont la description n'a pas encore été publiée. Ann. Mus. Natl Hist. Nat. Paris Vol. 4 pp. 184-211 pls 55-58
Hippocampus foliatus Perry, 1810 Perry, 1810
Published in: Perry, G. 1810. Ichthyology. In, Arcana; or The Museum of Natural History. 2 unnumbered pages. 1 unnumbered plate
Hippocampus foliaceus Richardson, 1843 Richardson, 1843
Published in: Richardson, J. 1843. Report on the present state of the ichthyology of New Zealand. Rep. 12th Meet. Br. Assoc. Adv. Sci. Vol. 1842 pp. 12-30
Phillopteryx elongatus Castelnau, 1872 Castelnau, 1872
Published in: Castelnau, F.L. de 1872. Contribution to the ichthyology of Australia. 2. Note on some South Australian fishes. Proc. Zool. Acclim. Soc. Vict. Vol. 1 pp. 243-248
Phyllopteryx altus McCoy, 1882 McCoy, 1882
Published in: McCoy, F. 1882. Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria. Decade 7 Melbourne : George Robertson Vol. 1 pp. 1-37 pls 61-70
Phyllopteryx lucasi Whitley, 1931 Whitley, 1931
Published in: Whitley, G.P. 1931. Studies in Ichthyology No. 4. Rec. Aust. Mus. Vol. 18 (3) pp. 96-133 figs 1-2 pls 11-16

Common Names

Common name Source
Common Seadragon
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Common Sea Dragon
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Lucas' Sea-dragon
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Weedy Sea Dragon
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Weedy Sea-dragon
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Weedy Seadragon
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Working classification

Phyllopteryx taeniolatus  Recorded in Australia

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