The plight of the endemic weedy seadragon

The weedy seadragon, Phyllopteryx taeniolatus (Family Syngnathidae)  is a  charismatic and endemic species to temperate (southern) Australian waters. Its status on the IUCN Red List is ‘Near Threatened’ and ‘Data Deficient’. Over the past few years we have recorded a significant decline in seadragon numbers around Sydney Australia’s largest urban coastal area and further south. Our citizen science project with underwater research group (URG) linked with our historical data and population genetics expertise will better enable us to determine the true status of this species and effectively monitor changes through time, so there is a chance seadragons can be enjoyed by future generations. A research project by Dr. O. Selma Klanten, UTS.