Leafy sea dragon

Leafy sea dragon

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Credit: PETER SCOONES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Leafy sea dragon (Phycodurus eques). Its leaf-like protrusions and colouring allow it to resemble floating seaweed. It inhabits the kelp-covered reef waters around Australia. Its diet consists of shrimp & larval fish and it grows up to half a metre in length. The leafy sea dragon feeds by sucking through its pipe-like mouth, which is opened by expanding a joint on the lower snout. Photographed off Kangaroo Island, Australia.

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Keywords: animal, australia, australian, bony fish, camouflage, camouflaged, dragon, kangaroo island, leafy sea dragon, male, marine, nature, ocean, phycodurus eques, phytomimesis, pisces, sea, seadragon, underwater, wildlife, zoology

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