Kingdom : Animalia
                          Class : Actinopterygii
                       Family : Syngnathidae
        Scientific Name : Phycodurus Eques

                       Size(L) : 20cm - 24cm 
                                       (10in - 12in)
               Water Type : Salt
  Optimum pH Level : 6.5 - 8.0
                   Life Span : 2 - 10 years

                       Colour : Balck, Green, Blue, 
                                      White, Tan, Red, 
                                      Orange, Yellow,
                                       Brown, Grey
                  Skin Type : Scales
 Distinctive Features : Elongated snout and 
                                       easily camouflaged
                                       body
  1. Sea Dragons are small fish found in the South and West Australian Costal waters.
  2. They are closely related to sea horses and look very similar to them.
  3. There are 2 species- The Leafy Sea Dragon and the Weedy Sea Dragon.
  4. Both the species differ in appearance and are excellent at camouflaging themselves between the aquatic plants.
  5. The weedy sea dragons have a few feather fins on their back helping them camouflage with the sea-floor debris.
  6. They are also the less elaborate looking of the two species of sea dragons.
  7. They are carnivores, feeding on plankton, shrimp, crustaceans and small fish.
  8. They feed by sucking their prey into their tooth-less mouth through their pipe-like snout.
  9. Their natural predators are large fish, but they camouflage themselves so elaborately that the predators miss them most of the times.
  10. The female sea dragon lays around 250 eggs on the long tail of a male sea dragon.
  11. The eggs are cared for by the male sea dragon for the 9 weeks it takes for the eggs to hatch.
  12. Once the eggs hatch, the baby sea dragons are independent and grow to be adults by one year.
  13. The sea dragons are a species that are considered to be threatened from extinction.

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