There have been no range-wide population estimates made for the weedy seadragon and further research and monitoring are needed to determine population size and trends.
Although the weedy seadragon’s reproduction is well documented, it’s not understood what triggers the species to reproduce and mating in captivity is rare.
Unlike other syngnathids, the weedy seadragon is not a victim of bycatch or a target of trade in traditional Chinese medicine.
Seahorses, pipefish, and seadragons, including the weedy seadragon, are the only species in which the male carries the developing eggs.
Because weedy seadragons are not good swimmers, they are slow-moving and drift in the water and rely on their primary defense mechanism of camouflage to protect them from predation.
Weedy seadragons have very specific habitat requirements; the water must be 12-23°C and 8-50 m. deep, though most are found 8-12 meters deep.
Invasive species, such as urchins, that degrade kelp habitat may be contributing to declines in weedy seadragons.
The weedy seadragon usually lives for 6 years, but exhibits variable growth and survival rates and experiences increased longevity, exceeding 10 years, at higher latitudes.
The peaceful weedy seadragon does not negatively affect humans and, in fact, promotes tourism.
Male weedy seadragons carry the eggs externally below their tail and incubate them for up to 2 months before 120-250 offspring hatch.
The weedy seadragon is a common seadragon species found along the coast of Southern Australia. This colorful species has several leaf-like appendages that allow it to camouflage with floating seaweed as it sucks up its small shrimp, crustacean, and zooplankton prey through its pipe-like terminal mouth. … Learn More
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