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Common Name: Seahorses, Seadragons and Pipefish
Scientific Name: Syngnathidae
Maximum Size: 40cm
Range: QLD, NSW, VIC, TAS, SA, WA, NT.
Seahorses, Seadragons and Pipefish belong to the family Syngnathidae and are completely protected in NSW. It is illegal to harvest them for any purpose, including for aquariums, unless special permits are granted.
Seahorses can often be found in estuaries, clinging to sponges and seapens.
Pipefish are commonly found in estuaries, particularly in seagrass meadows.
The only species of Seadragon found in NSW is the Weedy Seadragon, which is found in deep kelp stands and seagrass meadows, especially in sheltered bays.