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Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda > sea slugs > Order Nudibranchia
Phyllodesmium nudibranch
Phyllodesmium briareum
Family Facelinidae
updated May 2020
Where seen? This 'hairy' nudibranch is sometimes seen on rubble near reefs at Sentosa. It was also seen at Chek Jawa.

Features: About 2cm long. Long, narrow, soft body with
many long finger-like structures (called cerata) arranged in rows across the body. The body and cerata nurture the symbiotic zooxanthellae that continues to undergo photosynthesis and produce nutrients within the sea slug. Usually beige or brown.

What does it eat? According to Bill Rudman, it feeds on Fine feathery soft corals (Briareum sp.).

Sentosa, Jun 07
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on flickr.

Sentosa, Jun 08
Photo shared by Toh Chay Hoon on flickr
 
Sentosa, May 09
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Chek Jawa, Dec 19
Photo shared by Jonathan Tan on facebook.

Chek Jawa, Nov 17
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Links
References
  • Tan Siong Kiat and Henrietta P. M. Woo, 2010 Preliminary Checklist of The Molluscs of Singapore (pdf), Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, National University of Singapore.
  • Gosliner, Terrence M., David W. Behrens and Gary C. Williams. 1996. Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific: Animal life from Africa to Hawaii exclusive of the vertebrates Sea Challengers. 314pp.
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