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 Fish Identification Perth WA

Shore Diving


 Phyllopteryx taeniolatus, the Weedy Seadragon or Common Seadragon, is a marine fish related to the seahorse. It is the only member of the genus Phyllopteryx. It is found in water 3 to 50 m deep around the southern coastline of Australia, approximately between Port Stephens, New South Wales and Geraldton, Western Australia, as well as around Tasmania. Weedy Seadragons are named for the weed-like projections on their bodies that camouflage them as they move among the seaweed beds where they are usually found... (Wikipedia)

 The leafy sea dragon or Glauerts Seadragon,Phycodurus eques, is a marine fish in the family Syngnathidae, which also includes the seahorses. It is the only member of the genus Phycodurus. It is found along the southern and western coasts of Australia. The name is derived from the appearance, with long leaf-like protrusions coming from all over the body. These protrusions are not used for propulsion; they serve only as camouflage. The leafy sea dragon propels itself by means of a pectoral fin on the ridge of its neck and a dorsal fin on its back closer to the tail end. These small fins are almost completely transparent and difficult to see as they undulate minutely to move the creature sedately through the water, completing the illusion of floating seaweed... (Wikipedia)


Weedy Seadragon aka Common Seadragon

(Phyllopteryx taeniolatus)

Weirdy.....sorry weedy....  definitely...... common.... far from it.

Great little moment at Point Peron, this was the first opportunity I had to photograph one of these very peculiar little guys.

Thanks has to go to Kerensa for spotting this, they really do blend in quite superbly to the weeds and grasses around the limestone reef at Point Peron.

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