Watercolours on paper
'Leafy Sea Dragon' from William Buleow Gould's Sketch book of Fishes in Macquarie Harbour c 1832
bought at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney in 2012
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The leafy seadragon is a marine fish in the family Syngnathidae, which also includes the seahorses. It is found along the southern and western coasts of Australia.
The name is derived from the appearance, with long leaf-like protrusions coming from all over the body. These protrusions are not used for propulsion; they serve only as camouflage.