Leafy Sea Dragon

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Leafy Sea Dragon

 

(Phyllopteryx eques or Phycoduruse ques), a fish of the family Sygnathidae. The body measures up to 30 cm in length. The leafy sea dragon, which is found off Australia, differs from the closely related seahorse in that its head has numerous spines and the body has branched ribbon-like appendages resembling the aquatic plants among which the fish lives. The male carries the eggs in a case found on the lower side of the body beneath the tail.