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Family Facelinidae

Facelinid nudibranchs are charcterized by having a radula (tongue) with only a single row of teeth. Most of them feed on hydroids except for the genus Phyllodesmium (pictured below) which feed on soft corals or gorgonians. Most memebers of the family store nematocysts from eaten prey in sacs at the end of their cerata.

 

Phyllodesmium kabiranum

Phyllodesmium kabiranum (perhaps) Puerto Galera, Philippines.

Phyllodesmium kabiranum (perhaps) Puerto Galera, Philippines.

Phyllodesmium kabiranum (perhaps) Puerto Galera, Philippines.

MOLL 7722 Phyllodesmium kabiranum (perhaps) Puerto Galera, Philippines.

Phyllodesmium kabiranum (perhaps) Puerto Galera, Philippines.

MOLL 7736 Phyllodesmium kabiranum (perhaps) Puerto Galera, Philippines.

 

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