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Phylliroe bucephala

Phylliroe bucephala is a very unusual nudibranch that rises from the depth to the surface at night in search of food. The vast majority of sea slugs are bottom dwellers, but this one grew a fish-like tail during his evolution and learned to swim pretty efficiently. It flattened the body for better hydrodynamics and moved on to the planktonic lifestyle. Huge horns, called rhinophores, are modified tentacles that work like chemo-sensitive organs helping to “sniff” and feel the prey - they eat small jellyfishes and other planktonic cnidarians. Though this animal is relatively big and can grow up to 55 mm, it’s great luck to notice this guy because it is absolutely transparent. If you turn off the light, it also glows like crazy - those yellow spots at the edges of the body are bioluminescent.

Creator

Alexander Semenov

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Marine biologist | Underwater photographer and DOP | National Geographic Explorer 2022 | Head of Aquatilis Expedition | Head of the Scientific Diving Department at the White Sea Biological Station

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Location

Mediterranean Sea

Subject

Invertebrates

Genre

Blackwater Science

Edition

1 / 1

Dimensions

3000x3000

Filetype

JPG

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