The weedy seadragon is named for its leafy appendages that provide camouflage and protection in its habitat, allowing it to resemble floating seaweed.
The weedy seadragon is named for its varying number of small, leaf-like appendages, either paired or single, along its body. These purple appendages have a black border and provide the fish camouflage and protection in its habitat because they resemble floating kelp fronds and seaweed.
The weedy seadragon’s primary defense mechanism is its camouflage abilities.
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• Sources | (Bray, 2011; Dragon Search, 2000; Frostic, 2000; Glover, Southcott, & Scott, 1974; Kuiter, 1980; MESA, 2015; Pollom, 2017; The Wikimedia Foundation, 2019)