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Leafy Sea Dragon

Phycodurus eques

Description:

Much like the seahorse, the leafy seadragon's name is derived from its resemblance to another creature (in this case, the mythical dragon). While not large, they are slightly larger than most seahorses, growing to about 20–24 cm (8–10 in). They feed on plankton and small crustaceans. The lobes of skin that grow on the leafy seadragon provide camouflage, giving it the appearance of seaweed. It is able to maintain the illusion when swimming, appearing to move through the water like a piece of floating seaweed. It can also change colour to blend in, but this ability depends on the seadragon's diet, age, location, and stress level. Photographed at the Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, TN.

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4 Comments

IzLaNature
IzLaNature 8 years ago

Is the most beautiful sea animal!!

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 9 years ago

Thanks Mayra, they are fantastic creatures!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Fantastic!

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Great shot Lisa!

LisaPowers
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LisaPowers

Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA

Spotted on Jul 27, 2010
Submitted on Jun 9, 2012

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