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Watch out -- those beautiful orange strands pack a punch! Some nudibranchs eat hydroids and anemones, which have stinging cells in their tentacles. When they eat the stinging cells, these nudibranchs can transfer some of them to their cerata, reusing their prey's defense mechanism as their own. This nudibranch was spotted in #GreaterFarallones National Marine Sanctuary.
#EarthIsBlue#Nudibranch#SeaSlug#Ocean#Nature#Invertebrate#Science (Photo: Geoff Ehlers)
This slug is actually solar powered! ☀️☀️☀️☀️Members of the Elysia chlorotica species live along the Atlantic seaboard of the US, and a diet of algae allows these slugs to "steal" chloroplasts for their own use. This sea slug stores the chloroplasts in the cells that line its gut, and researchers have found that Young E. chlorotica, when fed with algae for two weeks, could survive for the rest of their year-long lives without eating.
Blue Dragon 🐉 Sea Slug 🐌 or Glaucus atlanticus is a species of small, blue sea slug, a pelagic aeolid nudibranch, a shell-less gastropod mollusk in the family Glaucidae. I'm told they eat bluebottles (Wikipedia) #bluedragon#seaslug#nudibranch#mollusk
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Seaslug (Colpodaspis thompsoni)
Anilao, Philippines. May 2014
Small, but brightly coloured, snail-like sea slug. The fragile bubble-shaped shell is completely enveloped by the mantle. On the right side of the mantle there is an elongate exhalent siphon. The head is produced into a pair of enrolled tentacles or rhinophores which lead to a deep lateral groove on each side. The eyes are embedded beneath the skin and can be seen as two black spots just in front of the shell. There is a large central mucus gland in the sole of the foot which probably produces a sticky mucus enabling the animal to stick on the algae on which it is found. It is black with large yellowish warts on white patches.
We know nothing of the biology or food of any species of Colpodaspis.