Nembrotha kubaryana

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Variable Neon Slug (Nembrotha kubaryana)

…a species of polycerid nudibranch that occurs in the tropical Indo-West Pacific. Like other nudibranchs this species typically inhabits coral reefs where they feed on sessile invertebrates. Variable neon slugs have an affinity for sea squirts (mainly S.signigera) as they make up most of their diet. Nembrotha kubaryana's coloration is used as a warning signal as it is toxic. It gets steals toxins from its tunicate prey and stores them in its tissues, releasing them if threatened.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Mollusca-Gastropoda-Doridacea*-Polyceroidea-Polyceridae-Nembrothinae-Nembrotha-N.kubaryana

Images: Coppertane and Kin0be

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Nembrotha kubaryana

Nembrotha kubaryana, also known as the variable neon slug, is a species of colorful sea slug. This species occurs in the tropical Indo-West Pacific. It uses the toxins in its prey ascidians to defend itself against predators. It stores the ascidian’s toxins in its tissues and then releases them in a slimy defensive mucus when alarmed.photo credits: dinca, Mark Harris, thalassagraphics, MerMate/Eunice Khoo

VARIABLE NEON SLUG
Nembrotha kubaryana
©MerMate/Eunice Khoo

Nembrotha kubaryana, also known as the variable neon slug, is a species of colorful sea slug, a dorid nudibranch, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Polyceridae. Its synonyms include Nembrotha nigerrima.

This species occurs in the tropical Indo-West Pacific.

This animal can reach a total length of more than 120 mm. It is a large dark-bodied nudibranch which may have green stripes running down the length of the body or have green raised spots. The margin of the foot and head is a vivid red-orange. The rhinophores and gills may be red or green. Nembrotha kubaryana is easily confused with a similar species, Nembrotha cristata although the latter has no red orange border on its foot.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nembrotha_kubaryana

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