Well, yet another species not found in any of the three new monographs. For the time being let's call it Stiliger sp. The species is similar our Caulerpa Mimic (pg 72) and Stiliger smaragdinus (pg 73),
Indo-Pacific Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs, as it resemble a clump of the green algae, Caulerpa racemosa , on which it is well camouflaged. The main differences seem to be the number and shape of the cerata (this species has broad based, elongate, almost triangular cerata), and the head and rhinophore placement. S. smaragdinus also has small tapering papillae at the tip of the cerata.
Like most sacoglossids this species feeds on algae, in this case certainly Caulerpa racemosa. The name of the group "Sacoglossa" means sack tooth, or reversed, tooth sack. All members have a short radula made up of a chain of single rachidian teeth. As the tooth becomes dull from puncturing the cell wall of the algae, it drops off and is held in a sack, as long as the species lives.
Many of the species retain chloroplasts from the algae they eat and store these in their cerata. Still operational, the chloroplasts continue to carry out photosynthesis, using the energy from the Sun to convert carbon dioxide and water into sugar and oxygen. The alga therefore benefits the slug in two ways: 1) providing initial nutrition, and 2) continuing to generate food and oxygen within the slug's body, over the long term. This is why we include these guys in the group, referred to vernacularly as "Solar Sea Slugs" (courtesy of Bill Rudman's Sea Slug Forum), Pretty cool huh?
John was kind enought to provide us with a video of Stiliger sp. grazing in Caulerpa . This video can also be seen in 720p for those with an updated version of quicktime.
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