Weedy Seadragon

Weedy Seadragon

The weedy seadragon is a marine neritic animal that inhabits rocky reefs, seaweed beds, sea grass meadows, kelp gardens, and sandy areas.

The weedy seadragon is a marine neritic animal that inhabits rocky reefs, seaweed beds, sea grass meadows, kelp gardens, and sandy areas. They occur over rocky reefs with algae supporting strands of kelp or other macroalgae or over adjacent stretches of seagrass and sand where they feed on mysids and small crustaceans.

Seagrass and algal affiliations have been recorded with the species Halophila ovalis, Ecklonia radiata, Macrocystis pyrifera, M. angustifolia, Posidinia spp., Amphibolis spp., and Sargassum spp. Weedy seadragons also live in association with sponges.

Individuals have been shown to have broad, overlapping home ranges that can vary in length from 50–150 meters, and be up to 50 meters wide.


Image | © Noel Portugal, Some Rights Reserved (CC BY 2.0)
Sources | (Baker, 2009; Frostic, 2000; Dawson, 1985; Kuiter, 1980, 2001; MESA, 2015; Pollom, 2017; Sanchez-Camara & Booth, 2004; Sanchez-Camara, Booth, & Turon, 2005; The Wikimedia Foundation, 2019)

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