Saturday, June 4, 2011

Camers Critters: Leafy Sea Dragon

Leafy Sea Dragon
The Leafy Sea Dragon (Phycodurus eques) is related to sea horses and pipefish. It lives on the coast of Western Australia, hiding in sea weed where its tattered appearance is very effective camouflage.
Leafy Sea Dragon
It feeds on shrimp, small fish and plankton, but it doesn't have any teeth. It sucks its food down its snout instead.
Leafy Sea Dragon
Unlike sea horses, it cannot hold on to plants with its tail. AnLeafy Sea Dragons swims with the help of two small fins on its back and tail. It relies on the camouflage for protection.

Photos were taken at Sea Life Berlin.

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