PHYLLODESMIUM LONGICIRRUM

Phyllodesmium longicirrum
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This striking nudibranch is found on coral and rocky reefs or sandy substrate, most of the time close to itís only known food source to date, Sacrophyton soft coral. It has many flattened ceratas growing from the top of its mantle. The large surface areas of ceratas act as solar panels and allow extensive photosynthesis through the algal patches (symbiotic zooxanthellae ) obtained from its soft coral food source . Itís famous for itís ability to obtain nutrients through photosynthesis. Probably toxic. Body size is about 14 cm.
Frequency of sightings:
Occasional
Best time of year:
All year round
Remarks:
to 20 m depth, length up to 12 cm.
Divesites seen at:
Air Prang, Air Prang 2, Air Prang 3, Angels Window, Aw Shucks, Batu Angus, Batu Merah, Batu Sandar, California Dreaming, Critter Hunt, Dantes Wall, Goby A Crab, Hairball 2, Heynus, Jahir, Jahir 2, Jiko Yansi, Magic Crack, Magic Rock, Makawide, Makawide 2, Makawide 3, Mawali Wreck, Nudi Falls, Nudi Retreat, Pantai Kecil, Pantai Parigi, Pintu Kota Besar (Seagrass), Police Pier, Police Pier 2, Pulau Abadi, Pulau Dua, Serena West, Tanjung Kubur, Tanjung kusu-kusu, Tanjung Tebal, TK 1, TK2, TK3
Taxonomical order of this critter:
Invertebrate
Mollusks
Gastropod
Nudibranch
- Aegires gardineri
- Aegires minor
- Aegires villosus
- Ardeadoris averni
- Ardeadoris cruenta
- Ardeadoris undaurum
- Bornella anguilla
- Cadlinella subornatissima
- Caloria indica
- Ceratosoma tenue
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