Leafy Seadragon

A bizarre creature

What is a Leafy Sea Dragon?

The Leafy Seadragon or Glauert's seadragon, is a marine fish in the family Syngnathidae, which also includes the seahorse .


It is found along the southern and western coasts of Australia. The name comes from the appearance, with long leaf-like branches coming from all over the body. These branches are not used for propulsion; they serve only as camouflage. The leafy seadragon 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 swim completing the illusion of floating seaweed.

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The Leafy Sea Dragon