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Leafy sea dragon

Leafy seadragons (Phycodurus eques) are exquisitely camouflaged fish. Belonging to the same family as seahorses and pipefish (Syngnathidae), they resemble these with their elongated snout and bony-plated body. Leafy seadragons are yellowish-brown to green in colour, although they may vary depending on their age, diet or location. The pectoral fins are located on the neck, and a dorsal fin runs along the seadragon's back. As their common name suggests, there are a number of leaf-like appendages along the body, which help to make these fish resemble the seaweed of their habitat. The eyes are located above the elongated snout and there are a number of defensive spines along the sides of the body.

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