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NudiNotes

Sometimes a short article on a topic can be informative and also easily remembered because it is focused and the information is not buried in lots of unrelated data.

This is the premise of NudiNotes – short interesting articles on specific sea slug related topics.

As this section is populated the accumulated NudiNotes will be placed under subject related headings.

Lookalikes to Look Out for – No. 3. – Ceratosoma trilobatum, Ceratosoma tenue & Ceratosoma gracillimum

Ceratosoma trilobatum - Ceratosoma tenue - Ceratosoma gracillimum In No. 3 of this series there are actually 3 species to compare. These 3 are quite often confused and there are good reasons for that confusion. All were described not last century but the century...

VEXATIOUS VARIABILITY – No. 3 Goniobranchus splendidus

VEXATIOUS VARIABILITY - No. 3 Goniobranchus splendidus Goniobranchus splendidus is a common and conspicuous species of nudibranch, though endemic to the east coast of Australia, from southern New South Wales to central Queensland. It exhibits variation in...

MORE COLONIAL CONSUMERS – Sea Slugs that prey on Ascidians, Bryozoans and Entoprocts

More Colonial Consumers Sea Slugs that graze upon Ascidians, Bryozoans and Entoprocts It’s been mentioned before that the feeding preferences of sea slugs, across the entire group, encompass an extremely diverse range of food types, but conversely, each species...

VEXATIOUS VARIABILITY – No. 2 Goniobranchus geometricus

VEXATIOUS VARIABILITY - No. 2 Goniobranchus geometricus Goniobranchus geometricus, to the uninitiated, can appear very much like a phyllidiid nudibranch if the gill is not displayed - all black and white and lumpy. However there are, from time to time, other...

VEXATIOUS VARIABILITY – No. 1 Hypselodoris jacksoni

VEXATIOUS VARIABILITY - No. 1 Hypselodoris jacksoni There are a number of common species of nudibranch that can exhibit a variability of presentation. These differences can sometimes be put down to geographical location but more than often, not necessarily so. At...

THE STING’S THE THING – Sea Slug Predators of Anemones and Hydroids

“The Sting’s the Thing” Sea Slug Predators of Anemones and Hydroids Have you ever inadvertently brushed past a stinging hydroid during a dive and some small part of your skin, being exposed, receives a searing sting? Or perhaps you have been enjoying the surf and a...

PHYLLIDIID SUCTORIAL FEEDING

Phyllidiid Suctorial Feeding We are occasionally fortunate enough to encounter and record a nudibranch feeding, that is, to actually see that they are feeding, because most often the process is hidden from us beneath them. In those instances, with the sponge-feeders,...

SPONGIVORES – The Sponge Eaters

SPONGIVORES - The Sponge Eaters Sponges (Phylum Porifera) are one of simplest and oldest of multicellular animals. They have the least complex body form of the multicellular animals. Only a few specialist predators are known to be exclusively spongivores, that is, to...

SLUGIVORES – SEA SLUGS THAT PREY ON SEA SLUGS

Slugivores - Sea Slugs That Prey On Sea Slugs The great majority of sea slug species are carnivorous, meaning they prey on animal life rather than plant life. It is often not appreciated that sponges, bryozoans and hydroids etc. although primitive life forms, and...

HITCHIN’ A RIDE ON THE SEA SLUG TRAIN

  Hitchin' a Ride on the Sea Slug Train It is often said there is no such thing as a free meal, but what about a free ride to collect your meal? One sees sea slugs on many sessile invertebrates either feeding or traversing but only occasionally does one see...