Miniature Melo (Micromelo undata)

Also known as Bubble Shell, Headshield Slug, Polka-dot Bubble Shell, Sea Snail, Wavy bubble Shell, Wavy Bubble Snail, Wavy-lined Bubble Shell

Description

Also known as Bubble Shell, Headshield Slug, Polka-dot Bubble Shell, Sea Snail, Wavy bubble Shell, Wavy Bubble Snail, Wavy-lined Bubble Shell.

Found singly or in pairs over soft substrates of rocky reefs rich in algae growth.
They feed exclusively on Cirratulinid polychaete worms
Length - 1.7cm
Depth - 0-5m
Widespread East Atlantic, Caribbean, Indo-West Pacific

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/showall/micund

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