MAGNIFICENCE IN THE MUCK

MAGNIFICENCE IN THE MUCK

Hydatina physis Above: Hydatina physis, the Rose-petal Bubble shell with all its flamboyant lobes displayed. Hydatina physis (Linnaeus, 1758) Commonly called: Rose-Petal Bubble Shell Family: Aplustridae There is a group of sea slugs popularly known as “Bubble...
THEFT

THEFT

Plakobranchus ocellatus van Hasselt, 1824 Above: Plakobranchus ocellatus showing the large parapodia meeting at the midline that cover the digestive gland containing myriad chloroplasts sequested from their algal food. Kavieng Harbour, Papua New Guinea. (40 mm)...
THE CORAL EATER

THE CORAL EATER

Phyllodesmium magnum Rudman, 1991 Above: Phyllodesmium magnum displaying the profusion of zooxanthellae filled cerata that gives it the nickname of “solar-powered” sea slug, in 14 metres of water at Old Woman Island, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia....
THE SURVIVAL SACRIFICE

THE SURVIVAL SACRIFICE

Berthella martensi (Pilsbry, 1896) Above: A “typical” Berthella martensi specimen exhibiting all the anatomical features mentioned below. This example has autotomised the posterior lobe of its mantle skirt and the tip of the gill is thus exposed on the...
THE UMBRELLA SHELL SLUG

THE UMBRELLA SHELL SLUG

Tylodina corticalis (Tate, 1889) Above: Tylodina corticalis, displaying the significant external features of its classification at rest upon its sponge food in 16 metres of water at Trench, Inner Gneering Shoals, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. (22 mm shell...