Nudibranchs and cnidarian nematocysts

February 15, 2005
From: Charlie Ellis

Hi, i'm a student from England and have to do a physiological assesment of how nudibranches utilise cnidarian nematocysts to use as defenses in their own 'tentacles'. I am really struggling to find any detailed information about this, and wondered if you had some, or knew where i could obtain some?!
Charlie Ellis,
University of Plymouth, UK

Ellis, C.D., 2005 (Feb 15) Nudibranchs and cnidarian nematocysts . [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from

Dear Charlie,
If you go to the Aeolid cnidosac and cerata Fact Sheets you will find quite a few links to more information including a page of relevant references.

Best wishes,
Bill Rudman

Rudman, W.B., 2005 (Feb 15). Comment on Nudibranchs and cnidarian nematocysts by Charlie Ellis. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from


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