dragon sea slug

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Glaucus Atlanticus.

Also known as sea swallow, blue sea slug, blue angel or blue dragon, it is a small sized sea slug that lives in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific ocean.

They feed mainly on other sea creatures like the Portuguese Man-o-War, a cnidarian often mistaken for a jellyfish. The Glaucus is immune to their venom, and can actually store it in its cerata ( their dorsal and lateral outgrowths on the upper surfaces of the body). As a result they can sting potential predators. The sting is quite painful for humans, so they should be handled carefully.
At times, and given the occasion, they can be cannibalistic.

With the aid of a gas-filled sac in its stomach, the Glaucus floats at the surface. Due to the location of the gas sac, the sea swallow floats upside down. 

Like almost all heterobranchs, Glaucus is a hermaphrodite, having both male and female reproductive organs. After mating, both animals produce egg strings.

On that topic, people often think that Goodra is partly based on this blue sea dragon sea slug, Glaucus atlanticus

but that looks nothing like Goodra

Understandably, It’s probably because the Glaucus atlanticus is really well known, i.e. it IS the dragon slug you first think of when you hear the words dragon + slug.

However, confusingly (and wonderfully)  there is another group of aeolid nudibranch sea slugs called blue dragons, the Pteraeolidia 

Which not only match Goodra’s colour scheme excellent but are called dragon sea slugs too!

Another closely related group also looks like our fave gooey dragon, the Phyllodesmium sp.

Anyway nudibranchs are SUPER COOL BRO

anonymous asked:

Can you draw Lapis and Peridot? But corrupted?

Hey. Since the fourth prompt this week could involve corruption, I decided I’d wait until today to show you !

For Lapis I just remembered a kind of sea slug (’dragon sea slug) I really like, which also have similar colors as Lapis

For Peridot, I hesitated between something butterfly like, a caterpillar (don’t ask why, I don’t know XD) and finally, a triceratops.

Seems a the dinosaur was fitting a little better so I used it as a model. She still looks a little differents but well, I wanted to change it a lil’ bit so it wouldn’t be a complete copy of the actual animal.

I also used the night palette again because I love it :d


(oh and @lapidot-anniversary-week / @jenhedgehog )

anonymous asked:

Hey! Blue Dragon Sea Slugs? Neon colored leafy sea dragons?

Heya! (I actually got another request for the sea slugs so I’ll do this one for now…)

Better quality gif over yonder.

Edit: 

Oh hullo and awhaa thanks for suggesting it I had a lot of fun :)

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This is the blue dragon sea slug, also known as Glaucus atlanticus.  Not only is the blue dragon immune to its sting, it’s able to process the Man o’ War’s nematocysts, the cells that allow for that creature’s deadly sting, and store them in its own extremities. Those venomous cells can be used by the blue dragon later on, and in a higher concentration, making their sting even more deadly.

@sixpenceee

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A Real Life Kyogre

Glaucus atlanticus (common names include the sea swallow, blue angel, blue glaucus, blue dragon, blue sea slug and blue ocean slug) is a species of small, blue sea slug, a pelagic aeolid nudibranch, a shell-less gastropod mollusk in the family Glaucidae.

These sea slugs are pelagic: they float upside down on the surface tension of the water, where they are carried along by the winds and ocean currents. Glaucus atlanticus is camouflaged: the blue side of their body faces upwards, blending in with the blue of the water. The silver/grey side of the sea slugs faces downwards, blending in with the silvery surface of the sea.

Glaucus atlanticus feeds on other pelagic creatures, including the venomous cnidarian, the Portuguese man o’ war. This sea slug stores stinging nematocysts from the cnidarian within its own tissues as defense against predation. Humans handling the slug may receive a very painful and potentially dangerous sting.

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Glaucus Atlanticus

It may look photoshopped but it’s a real creature! Glaucus atlanticus (common names include the sea swallow, blue angel, blue glaucus, blue dragon, blue sea slug and blue ocean slug) is a species of small, blue sea slug, a pelagic aeolid nudibranch, a shell-less gastropod mollusk in the family Glaucidae.

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