Nudibranch, do you know what they are? These are the most colorful shell-less mollusks or the colorful sea slugs in the world. Take a look at the world’s most colorful sea slugs here…
Nudibranch, does the name look indifferent? What are nudibranchs? Nudibranchs are soft-bodied, marine gastropod mollusks; these sea slugs would shed their shells after their larval stage. There are nearly 3,000 species in nudibranch and is one of the most colorful sea slugs in the world. Take a look at some of the world’s most colorful sea slugs.
1. Acanthodoris Lutea
Acanthodoris lutea are one of the world’s most colorful sea slugs and belong to Onchidorididae family. These are also called as orange-peel doris. These have orange papillated dorsum with yellow specks. When you handle them you can smell sandalwood.
2. Caloria Indica
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This species of colorful sea slugs belong to Facelinidae family and were originally called as Phidiana Indica. They have translucent orange colored body with pale white feet. Their tails and foot tentacles are yellow-tipped. These are found in Indo-Pacific Oceans.
3. Chromodoris Annae
Chromodoris annae belongs to Chromodorididae family of sea slugs and are one of the most colorful sea slugs in the world. They are blue in color with black longitudinal lines; you can find black dots in the blue colored skin. They also have a white and orange mantle edge.
4. Cuthona Sibogae
Cuthona sibogae belongs to Tergipedidae family. They have a purple body with yellow tips on the cerata. They have a pair of oral tentacles whose tip will be in reddish purple color.
5. Glossodoris Atromarginata
This colorful shell-less mollusks belong to Chromodordidae family and are found in sub-tropical Indo-Pacific Oceans. They are creamy-white in colot and have black-lined edge along the folded frilly mantle.
6. Hexabranchus Sanguineus
These are also called as Spanish dancer and belong to Hexabranchidae family of sea slugs. They are bright red in color while some may be in yellow color. They are great swimmers; they also have crawling capability. They are called as Spanish dancer as the whirling swimming movement and their red color mantle resemble the skirt movements of flamenco dancer.
7. Hypselodoris Kaname
Hypselodoris Kaname belongs to Chromodorididae family of nudibranch and is found in the Western Pacific Ocean. They have creamy-white body with yellow edged mantle. You can find long red lines all over their body with purple spots on the upper dorsum.
8. Nembrotha Nigerrima
These sea slugs belong to Polyceridae family and are also called as variable neon slug. These species are very common in the Indo-West Pacific Ocean. These are dark colored sea slugs with either green stripes running all along their body or green raised spots. Their head and foot will be in vivid red-orange color.
9. Nembrotha Purpureolineata
They are colorful sea slugs belonging to Polyceridae family. They are found abundantly in Indo-West Pacific Oceans. The ground color of these nudibranchs is creamy-white that has large brown patches on them. You can find brown stripes running on the sides of their body with red or orange-red rhinophores. They have a purple colored foot.
10. Roboastra Luteolineata
These colorful sea slugs belong to Polyceridae family and are found in tropical Indo-Pacific Oceans. These are black in color with yellow lines running throughout their body. They have light green patches on top of their head.
Hope you enjoyed these beautifully colored mollusks!
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