April 11, 2007
From: Dominique Horst
The last sea slug I've met at lunch time, Phyllidia flava eating a sponge that should be Reniera?
Locality: Cap d'Antibes, 15m, France, Mediterranean sea, 17 March 2007. Length: 25mm. Photographer: Dominique Horst.
firstname.lastname@example.orgHorst, D., 2007 (Apr 11) Phyllidia flava feeding. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/19807
This is a nice sequence of feeding photos. Species of Phyllidia lack radular teeth so they have to turn their food into a 'soup' by exuding digestive juices out of the mouth on to their food so they can soften it and suck it in. I think in the photo alongside you can see, near the slug's mouth, the fibre and spicule network of the sponge skeleton. This suggests that the outer layers of the sponge are being dissolved and sucked in.
I am in New Zealand at the moment so I can't check the sponge identity. Perhaps someone can help us?
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