Halgerda batangas in Malapascua

A nudibranch is a member of Nudibranchia, a group of soft-bodied, marine gastropod mollusks which shed their shell after their larval stage. They are noted for their often extraordinary colors and striking forms. There are more than 3,000 described species of nudibranchs all over the world. They live at virtually all depths of salt water, but reach their greatest size and variation in warm, shallow waters. Nudibranchs are hermaphroditic, and thus have a set of reproductive organs for both sexes, but they cannot fertilize themselves. All known nudibranchs are carnivorous. Some feed on sponges, others on hydroids, others on bryozoans and some eat other sea slugs or their eggs or, on some occasions, are cannibals and prey on members of their own species. The Philippine Islands are a paradise when you look for these small colorful animals. Some places, like Malapascua, Anilao, Apo Island or Moalboal are considered nudibranches capital of the world.
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  • Taken on 2012-08-15 09:22:30
  • Camera model: Canon PowerShot G10
  • Focal Length: 15.673 mm
  • Aperture: f 8
  • Exposure Time: 1/160 sec
  • ISO 100
  • Flash?: Unknown
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