This nudibranch has evolved to be able to generate its own food by having photosynthetic zooxanthellae algae within it. The solar-powered phyllodesmium (Phyllodesmium longicirrum) ingest green algae without completely digesting it and stores the algae's chloroplasts in the obvious spots on its body.
- © Adam Hanlon 2014
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Aeolidacea: Aeolidina: Aeolids: Eolids, Facelinidae, Gastropods: Gastropoda, Hanlon photography, Indonesia, Invertebrates, Komodo, Marine Life, Mollusks: Mollusca, Nudibranchs: Nudibranchia, PLACES, Sea Slugs: Opisthobranchs: Ophisthobranchia: Opisthobranchia, Wetpixel, Wetpixel Komodo 2014, Wetpixel South Komodo Expedition, solar-powered phyllodesmium: Phyllodesmium longicirrum, underwater, www.hanlon-photography.com, © Adam Hanlon, ©Adam Hanlon 2014
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