Nudibranch – Species of the Reef

The colourful nudibranch

One of the most brightly coloured species of the reef the Nudibranch, is a strange and beautiful creature.  Nudibranch literally means “naked gill”.  They have no hard bones or shells to protect their gills.  They are often refered to as sea slugs, although a lot more beautiful then the commmon garden variety.  They feed on soft corals and are immune to the toxins that some of these corals produce.  They come in a large variety of bright colours and forms. these colours help them blend in with the corals in their surronding environment.

They have the sex organs of both sexes but do not normally fertilize their own eggs.

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