What is it about?
Weedy seadragons are an iconic Australian fish. We conducted to first study assessing seadragon habitat use around Sydney, Australia, showing that seadragons strongly associate with kelp habitat (Ecklonia radiata, commonly referred to as leather kelp) and mysid prey. Seadragons select areas where kelp is the dominant habitat and mysid shrimp are present.
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Why is it important?
Iconic species such as seadragons can be effectively used as flagship icons for conservation. This was the first study to show these species-habitat relationships in detail. Our findings can be used to inform management strategies for seadragons and to ensure that their conservation status is up to date.
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This page is a summary of: Space use by the endemic common (weedy) seadragon (
): influence of habitat and prey, Journal of Fish Biology, November 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/jfb.14931.
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