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Glossodoris hikuerensis sea slug

Glossodoris hikuerensis nudibranch, a type of sea slug. This sea slug inhabits the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Oceans. It has two rhinophores on its head, which are used for sensing chemicals in the water. It breathes using the feathery gills (lower left) on its rear. Photographed in Bunaken, Sulawesi, Indonesia

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Bunaken Indonesia Mollusc Nudibranch Sea Slug Sulawesi


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This print showcases the mesmerizing Glossodoris hikuerensis sea slug, also known as the Glossodoris hikuerensis nudibranch. Found in the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean and western Pacific Oceans, this exquisite creature is a true marvel of nature's artistry. With its vibrant colors and intricate patterns, this sea slug is a sight to behold. Its two rhinophores on its head serve as sensory organs, allowing it to detect chemicals in the water with remarkable precision. Meanwhile, nestled on its rear are feathery gills that enable it to breathe effortlessly underwater. Photographed against the backdrop of Bunaken in Sulawesi, Indonesia, this image captures both the beauty and diversity of marine life found in these rich ecosystems. It serves as a reminder of how delicate and interconnected our planet's biodiversity truly is. As we delve into zoology and biology through this photograph, we gain insight into the fascinating world of invertebrates like sea slugs. These creatures play an essential role within their ecosystem by contributing to nutrient cycling and maintaining ecological balance. Through Science Photo Library's lens, we are transported beneath the waves where stunning creatures like Glossodoris hikuerensis thrive. This image invites us to appreciate not only their aesthetic allure but also their vital contribution to our understanding of marine life and conservation efforts worldwide.

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