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Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

Commonly known as the Blue Dragon Nudibranch (Pteraeolidia ianthina), this species is one of the prettiest nudibranchs found worldwide. It is believed that when in the juvenile phase this species feeds on zooanthellae rich hydroids, which it then farms within its body using solar power.
If properly maintained, once it has a full farm it never needs to feed again but rather farms the zooxanthellae.
This image was taken on the Twin Rocks dive site in Anilao, Mibini in the Batangas region of The Philippines

· Date: Thu September 9, 2004 · Reference ID: all/222004_0808_085220AA_1 · Views: 6276 ·
Keywords: aeolidiidae Glaucidae southeast se asia nudi sea slug

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