S: Chase Ratajczak Leafy Sea Dragon
FC: Leafy Sea Dragon (Phycodurus eques) By Chase Ratajczak Per 5.
1: Plain Facts | Diet: Small invertebrates, including shrimps and other zooplankton which is sucked up though their straw like mouth. | Size and age: The full grown leaf sea dragon can grow up to be 18" long. The average lifespan however is 5-10 years and take 2-3 year to bean adult. | Reproduction: Sense this is a fish it lays eggs, around 300 to be exact. The 300 eggs are then carried by the male on the tail, sort of like a sea horse.
2: Location | :Key: The red represents were the Leafy sea Dragon is located. | The Leafy Sea Dragon is a small animal so it's an easy prey for larger animals. The "dragon" is not endangered nor threatened but its close to being.
3: Physical Adaptations | The Leafy sea dragon doesn't many adaptations except obvious ones like it's leafy look, and other little things that allow it to live under water such as gills.
4: Behavioral Adaptations | The Behavioral adaptations go right along with their physical adaptations because of their seaweed look. They go along because the leafy sea dragon floats in the water like seaweed does to confuse their predators which give them a better chance of survival.
5: Niche | The sea dragons use their habitat for survival which goes along with getting food and hiding from bigger animals. Its habitat it stays in is usually 3-5 meters deep which below the tide line, in sand patches along kelp covered rocks.
6: Environmental needs | There are many environmental needs, as for any animal, that the leafy sea dragon has to have. One is there has to be a good food source, two there has to be the proper plants there to help the sea dragons camouflage and last but not least without listing them all there has to be the right water temperature witch is only in Australia. They also have to live in calm water because the can become exhausted easily and die.
7: Relationships with other organisms | On the leafy sea dragon there is one major parasite called the Isopod. An isopod is a parasite that will attach to it's living host and slowly start eating it.
8: Food web diagram
9: Leafy Sea Dragons life cycle
10: Population/ heath | The population of the sea dragon is near threatened because there very weak. There is no total population number because their near impossible to find. As for health their not strong and they get exhausted easily but their main heath is different for everyone.
11: Bibliography | Wiki.answers.com wikipedia.org ardeaprints.com seahorseworlds.com bss.sfsa.edu heiploeg.nl