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Nudibranch: Color Texture

MARINE Life small blue transparentFirst edition of Monthly Marine Life

Nudibranch is a very unique creature that you may find beneath the sea. Nudibranch, according to wikipedia, is a member of Nudibranchia, a group of soft-bodied, marine gastropod mollusks which shed their shell after their larval stage. One thing that made me excited to see nudibranch during the dive is their color texture on their body. Always love taking their pictures just because their striking color. The color texture of their bodies are varied from one species to another and most of them is strikingly beautiful.

There are more than 3,000 species of nudibranch. Currently Nudi Pixel, an online database for nudibranch identification, has listed  1,412 nudibranch species with their photos available online. According to Nudi Pixel database, the top three countries with most nudibranch species found are: Indonesia (665 species), the Philippines (543 species) and Australia (473 species). With size of between 20 to 600 mm, most of the time, it is not easy to find them, but in Indonesia and the Philippines, this creature is easily spotted just because they are too many!

Nudibranch can be found on the sea floor. They have lack of vision and toxic to other marine life. Most of nudibranch is harmless to human but there are some nudibranch that produce toxins that resulting unpleasant sting to the ones who touch them. They are carnivorous. Their food include sponges, corals, sea slug, fish eggs and other nudibranch.

And nudibranch have foot! They move with flat muscle of the bottom of their body. And I saw two species like the first two below pictures that showing their foot. Nudibranch is unique, isn’t it?

Photos were taken in various places: North Sulawesi, Komodo-Flores, Malapascua, and Raja Ampat.

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103 Comments »

    • Terimakasih Dedy.. 🙂 Iya, aku biasanya menyelam sambil bawa kamera, dan sukanya ya motret kelinci laut ini..
      Wah baru tahu ada kelinci laut bisa dipelihara..ribet gak itu memeliharanya? 😕

  1. Again, Indah, your work stuns me. I never knew this species existed, and beautiful? Breathtakingly beautiful!!! I am a bit envious of you right now, I must admit. Lucky you to be able to dive, to be able to see these marvels, and to be able to take photos of them. Just amazing! Great shots, every single one. Thank you SO much for showing me Life that I never knew existed. (((HUGS))) Amy

    • Amy, what a lovely comment! Thank you so much, you are so kind. I am more than happy to share the beauty of our ocean..and so happy to hear that you enjoy the post. Have a great weekend and my best wishes for you *hugs*

      • You have a great weekend as well, Indah! I am waiting on weather to return to some magical gardens. It has been SO windy and rainy here. Grrrrrr…… Yup, all in the day of a life of one who snaps flowers. LOL (((HUGS))) Amy

  2. Interesting, beautiful creatures!
    I’m from the Philippines, but I haven’t really tried diving.
    This just got me wanting to try it out (and hopefully take photos too)!

    Thank you so much for the photos and the info! 🙂

    • And many thanks for leaving kind comment! I love diving in the Philippines..most likely I will return to your country 😉 Please do try diving, your country has amazing underwater life!

  3. I have never heard nor seen these wonderful creatures before. Thank you so much, Indah, for introducing me. They are so vibrantly colored and unusual. 🙂

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