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Species presence
 Recorded In Australia
 Marine Habitats
Conservation status
IUCNNear Threatened

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    Source: Australian National Fish Collection Images
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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

Australian Museum provider for OZCAM
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Australian National Fish Collection Images
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Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota
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Encyclopedia of Life
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Flickr EOL
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Marine Education Society of Australasia
Marine Life Society of South Australia
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OZ Animals
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Port Phillip Marine Life
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Reef Life Survey Images
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Seafood Services Australia
CAAB Code, Author
Habitat, Conservation, Threats, Reference, Images, Occurrence record

Species Lists

State emblems
Emblem type: marine
State: Victoria
Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – vertebrates
Brief description: Long snout, hard body, stalked flaps on head.
Description : Body elongate, contorted and compressed with a long tubular snout and prominent leaf-like appendages on the body and tail that resemble kelp fronds. Overall reddish-orange with pale spots, iridescent bluish bars on the chest, and a bright yellow underside. Females have deeper bodies than males. Usually 35 cm long head to tail tip (up to 46 cm).
Biology : This seadragon is frequently seen around piers which have seagrass nearby. Although females are deeper-bodied than males, it is the males that brood the developing eggs on the underside of their tail. The Common Seadragon is protected by national legislation, and it is the Marine State Faunal Emblem for Victoria.
Habitat: On algal beds and rocky reefs, often associated with seagrass Amphibolus.
Native status: Native to Australia
Diet: Omnivore
Distribution: Southern Australia.
Habitat types: Marine
Depth: Deep (>30m)
Water column: On or near seafloor
Commercial species: False
Author credit: Dianne J. Bray, Dr Martin F. Gomon / Museum Victoria

Names and sources

Accepted name Source
Phyllopteryx taeniolatus


Synonyms Source
Syngnathus foliatus Shaw, 1804 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Sea Dragon
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Lucas' Sea-dragon
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Weedy Sea Dragon
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Common Seadragon
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Weedy Seadragon
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Working classification

Phyllopteryx taeniolatus  Recorded in Australia

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Name references found in the Biodiversity Heritage Library

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