Rare sea dragon first came to video

Scientists took video of the new representative of family of a needle fish – the ruby sea dragon.

First new species of sea dragon found in 2015, but then the researchers came to the conclusion about its existence in the exhibit from the Australian Museum. Then scientists decoded DNA taken from was found from 1919 to 2007 samples. Now received the actual confirmation of their existence.

Sea dragons are relatives of seahorses. Now science knows three types — ordinary (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus), leafy (Phycodurus eques) and ruby (Phyllopteryx dewysea). Unlike the first two ruby sea dragon resembles a sea horse the most.

Scientists suggest that ruby dragons live at depths greater than 50 meters, and bright red color helps them to camouflage in the water column.