seen? This delightfully bobbled nudibranch with electric
blue spots is sometimes seen among seagrasses and seaweeds on our
Northern shores, as well as at Cyrene Reef. Often seen in numbers,
and then not seen again for some time. It was previously Dendrodoris
Features: 5-10cm long. Broad,
soft body with lots of bumps and pimples, and distinctive electric
blue spots. Thick club-like rhinophores and large feathery gills.
The animal is generally beige sometimes with a purplish or pinkish
tinge. Younger animals may be more colourful than older ones. Some
members of this family can cause irritation to eyes and a burning
sensation to the skin.
What does it eat? It eats sponges,
possibly sponges that
live in murky, mucky sites. It lacks a radula and jaws so it can't
rasp or chew its food sponge. Instead, it secretes digestive juices
onto the sponge and then sucks up the softened sponge. How is it the
juices don't leak away into the surrounding water? Dr Bill Rudman explainshow structures around the mouth might help it
form a seal around the feeding site.
Pulau Sekudu, May 05
ribbon being laid.
Sisters Island, Apr 14
Pulau Sekudu, Oct 11
Beting Bronok, Jul 07
Cyrene, Jul 09
Pulau Sekudu, Apr 06
Mating and laying eggs.
Photos shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his
nudibranchs on Singapore shores
Tanah Merah, Dec 09
shared by James Koh on his
Pulau Semakau, Nov 07
shared by Toh Chay Hoon on her
Kusu Island, Sep 10
shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.
Pulau Hantu, Jun 08
shared by Loh Koh Sheng on his
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Nudibranchs: Catalogue of Indo-Pacific Sea Slugs. Neville
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