Thursday, May 17, 2007

Life Aquatic


This is a nudibranch. It is a type of sea snail, and is carnivorous. There are many different types and colors of nudibranchs, and many are brightly colored and fantastic. Some are cute. This nudibranch is cute.

The word "nudibranch" comes from Latin nudus meaning "naked", and Greek brankhia meaning "gills". The name is appropriate since the dorids (infraclass Anthobranchia) breathe through a branchial plume of bushy extremities on their back, rather than using gills. By contrast, on the back of the aeolids in infraclass Cladobranchia there are brightly colored sets of tentacles called cerata.

Wikipedia

6 comments:

Holly said...

who knew a slug could be cute? what a treasure.

Christine said...

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Linda said...

This looks to me like a *cute* bungled job of a stuffed animal.

Holly said...

yes... someone else also commented that it looks like it's made of modeling clay

Christopher said...

eeewww. I never met a slug I didn't like, until now. Just kidding. Is this slug eligible? I know a Romanian slug who is looking for a mail-order bride.

button said...

Oh my god...I can't believe anything that color exists outside a lab. It HAS to be poisonous, right?