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The Sea Slug. Presented by: Jeff Atkinson. The Nudibranch. Pronounced ( nudi-brank ) meaning naked gills Extremely diverse in size, shape and colors Protostomes (mouth is the first opening) Dioecious hermaphrodites Life expectancy is approximately 1 year

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presented by jeff atkinson

The Sea Slug

Presented by:

Jeff Atkinson

the nudibranch
The Nudibranch
  • Pronounced (nudi-brank) meaning naked gills
  • Extremely diverse in size, shape and colors
  • Protostomes (mouth is the first opening)
  • Dioecious hermaphrodites
  • Life expectancy is approximately 1 year
  • Found in almost all marine environments
evidence of evolution
Evidence of Evolution
  • Adaptation of color
    • Camouflage
    • Warning
  • Defense mechanisms
    • Toxins
    • Specialized defense cells
  • Methods of feeding
    • Herbivore vs. carnivore
microbial relationship
Microbial Relationship
  • Mutualistic
    • Imperator Shrimp
  • Commensualistic
    • Copeopods
  • Parasitic
    • Coral reefs
vegetation relationship
Vegetation Relationship
  • Solar sea slug
    • Herbivores which consume algae
    • Photosynthesis
  • Sea vegetation
    • Anemones
    • Hydras
    • Sea grasses
human relationship
Human Relationship
  • Pharmaceuticals
    • Memory enhancement drugs
  • Neurology

Study of brain function

Methods of memory storage

“Slug head”