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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.
Image taken on the coral reef that surrounds Gato Island off of Cebu and Malapascua Island in The Philippines.

· Date: Mon January 3, 2005 · Reference ID: /222004_1204_141322AA_1 · Views: 2544 ·
Keywords: aeolidiidae glaucidae southeast se asia nudi sea slug beautiful indo pacific mollusk mollusc

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