Atlantic Glaucus (Glaucus atlanticus)

Also known as Aeolus, Atlanticus Sea Slug, Blue Angel, Blue Dragon, Blue Dragon Sea Slug, Blue Glaucus, Blue Ocean Slug, Blue Sea Dragon, Blue Sea Lizard, Blue Sea Slug, Blue Tide Animals, Common Man-of-War Nudibranch, Glaucus, Nudibranchs, Pelagic Aeolid, Pokemon Sea Slug, Sea Lizard, Sea Swallow, The Blue Fleet

Description

Also known as Aeolus, Atlanticus Sea Slug, Blue Angel, Blue Dragon, Blue Dragon Sea Slug, Blue Glaucus, Blue Ocean Slug, Blue Sea Dragon, Blue Sea Lizard, Blue Sea Slug, Blue Tide Animals, Common Man-of-War Nudibranch, Glaucus, Nudibranchs, Pelagic Aeolid, Pokemon Sea Slug, Sea Lizard, Sea Swallow, The Blue Fleet.

Found upside down on the surface of the water. they use their gas filled sac to swallowing air bubbles to maintain their buoyancy, drifting with the currents and winds throughout the worlds oceans
They feed exclusively on venomous siphonophores like the Bluebottle - Portuguese Man-o-War
Length - 4cm
Depth - Surface
Circumtropical

These beautiful sea slugs can also sting because they recycle the stinging cells from the Portuguese man-o-war to use for their own defence.


Opisthobranchia - Nudibranchs - Sea Slugs meaning "naked gills" are molluscs without a hard shell.
All opisthobranchs are hermaphrodites.
These beautiful slugs are usually brilliantly coloured and this in itself can act as a deterrent against predators. Some sea slugs secrete acid from stinging cells in their tentacles while others secrete acid from cells in their mantle.
Nudibranchs are slow moving, can swim or be propelled along either by muscular contraction or by millions of tiny hairs on the bottom of a fleshy 'foot', they have a voracious appetite and feed with a rasp like tongue.
Nudibranch lay their eggs in a ribbon effect on the sand, in different colours depending on species. Ref: http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/glauatla

Related creatures

Heads up! Many creatures change during their life. Juvenile fish become adults and some change shape or their colour. Some species change sex and others just get older. The following creature(s) are known relatives of the Atlantic Glaucus. Click the image(s) to explore further or hover over to get a better view!

Blue Sea Slug

Blue Sea Slug

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