October 11, 2000
From: Jack Crumlin
My name is Jack Crumlin. I am 6 and 3/4 and live in Sydney, Australia.
I would like to know about something called a zooxanthellae, which I have heard about at school. In particular, could you let me know where I can get a picture.
We are currently learning about sea creatures and this would help me with my project.
email@example.comCrumlin, J., 2000 (Oct 11) Information on zooxanthellae. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/3149
Zooxanthellae are amazing little plants that live in animals. They only live where they can still get enough sunlight, because like all plants they need to photosynthesise, to make the nutrients they need to stay alive and grow. There are many nudibranch sea slugs which have zooxanthellae.
I have prepared three pages on zooxanthellae for you with photos. Because these plants are so small we can only photograph them with an electron microscope. In some of the photos you will see a measuring scale bar which measures in microns not millimeters. There are a thousand microns in a millimeter.
If you click on any word that is underlined you will move to a page on that subject.
Have a look at the following pages:
•Zooxanthellae - what are they?
•Zooxanthellae - in Cnidarians
•Zooxanthellae - in nudibranchs
•Zooxanthellae - references
•Solar Powered Sea Slugs