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The Blue Chinese Dragon –– A 'solar-powered' sea slug Special

Sydney - The sea-slug known as the Blue Chinese Dragon is a remarkable marine creature capable of surviving for long periods without food by using the nutrients provided by its own garden of unicellular plants growing and multiplying inside its body.
 

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Blue Chinese Dragon. This is a juvenile who has not yet obtained the unicellular plants (zooxanthell...
Blue Chinese Dragon. This is a juvenile who has not yet obtained the unicellular plants (zooxanthellae) which will multiply in its digestive system and provide nutrients to the slug.
Jason Shelley
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Blue Chinese Dragon. Details of the clusters of blue-edged curved arches called cerata. The tips of ...
Blue Chinese Dragon. Details of the clusters of blue-edged curved arches called cerata. The tips of the cerata contain nematocysts which can cause painful stings to humans.
Jason Shelley
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Adult Blue Chinese Dragon.
Adult Blue Chinese Dragon.
Jason Shelley
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Blue Chinese Dragon. Details of the anterior chemosensory organs called rhinophores.
Blue Chinese Dragon. Details of the anterior chemosensory organs called rhinophores.
Jason Shelley
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Blue Chinese Dragon. Details of the two long cephalic tentacles.
Blue Chinese Dragon. Details of the two long cephalic tentacles.
Jason Shelley
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