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Nudibranch and Sea Slug Identification: Indo-Pacific

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Indonesia has so much to offer the nudibranch enthusiast. For example, on Nudi Wall at Lembeh Strait, nudibranchs litter the seabed as if a great big sack of Gummy Bears has been carelessly tipped out. Nudibranchs are colorful slugs that wear their feathery gills on their backs. There are so many varieties, but how do you know which you’ve seen?

Nudibranch and Sea Slug Identification: Indo-PacificThe Indo-Pacific area is so vast, too. It makes the Caribbean look like a pond. You’ll find critters existing in vast numbers from Indonesia’s Pulau Weh in the west to The Bird’s Head Peninsular to the east. Add the stretch of tropical water from the coast of South Africa all the way to the west coast of the Americas (where species from further east have “leaked”), and it becomes immediately apparent there is an almost never-ending supply of nudibranchs and sea slugs to discover....


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