Photo of the Day

August 8, 2009

Translucent Nudibranch

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animals

Built to feed exclusively on corals like this spindly gorgonian, a translucent 1.7-inch-long (4.3-centimeter-long) Phyllodesmium iriomotense houses its branching digestive gland within tentacle-like cerata—outgrowths the animal can shed if under attack. This species is one of the few colorless nudibranchs.

See more photographs from the June 2008 feature story "Living Color."

Photograph by Jennifer Hayes

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