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Phyllopteryx taeniolatus

(Lacepède, 1804)

Richard Wylie Macro photo of a weedy seadragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus) off Flinders Beach (Victoria, Australia). They don't like to face you head on so it takes patience to allow them time to relax and go back to feeding - periodically they'll stop just to see if you are still there which gives you an opportunity to take the shot. I could (and often do actually) spend an hour or more just watching them each dive - they're a lot of fun. Canon 550D, Ikelite housing, Ikelite 51DS and 160DS strobes, Canon 100mm IS macro lens, ISO 100, f9, 1/200 sec.

Ron Silver Fascinating critter! Too bad they're only found in relatively cold water.

Richard Wylie They're amazing little creatures and a joy to dive with - very interesting behaviour and they're beautiful to watch! Though in the middle of winter I also agree that it would be nice if they lived somewhere warmer!

Message posted on Wetpixel Underwater Photography on 17 Sep 2012
Christian Knost Weedy Seadragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus), Flinders Pier, VIC/Australia

Message posted on UWphotographers on 14 Jul 2013
Animalia (Kingdom)
  Chordata (Phylum)
    Vertebrata (Subphylum)
      Gnathostomata (Superclass)
        Pisces (Superclass)
          Actinopterygii (Class)
            Syngnathiformes (Order)
              Syngnathidae (Family)
                Syngnathinae (Subfamily)
                  Phyllopteryx (Genus)
                    Phyllopteryx taeniolatus (Species)
Associated Species