Sacoglossa sapsucking slugs

superorder 囊舌目 sapsucking slugs

commonly known as the sacoglossans or the "sap-sucking sea slugs", are a clade of small sea slugs and sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks. Sacoglossans live by ingesting the cellular contents of algae, hence the adjective "sap-sucking". Some sacoglossans simply digest the fluid which they suck from the algae, but in some other species the slugs sequester and use within their own tissues living chloroplasts from the algae they eat, a very unusual phenomenon known as kleptoplasty, for the "stolen" plastids.This earns them the title of the "solar-powered sea slugs", and makes them unique among metazoan organisms, for otherwise kleptoplasty is known only among single-celled protists. Families:Costasiellidae , Costasiellidae , Hermaeidae , Limapontiidae , Oxynoidae , Plakobranchidae

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Costasiella paweli Leaf Sheep Seaslug

Costasiella usagi

Costasiella paweli Leaf Sheep Seaslug

Costasiella paweli Leaf Sheep Seaslug

Costasiella paweli Leaf Sheep Seaslug

Costasiella paweli Leaf Sheep Seaslug

Oxynoe viridis Green longtail sapsucking slug

Elysia sp

Costasiella sp

Elysia nealae

Elysia sp

Elysia sp

Elysia ornata Ornate sapsucking slug

Thuridilla sp

Stiliger sp

Costasiella paweli Leaf Sheep Seaslug

Oxynoe kylei Sapsucking Slug

Cyerce elegans Elegant Sapsucking Slug

Cyerce elegans Elegant Sapsucking Slug

Sacoproteus smaragdinus

Elysia pusilla Halimeda slug

Polybranchia orientalis

Costasiella sp Leaf sheep seaslug

Costasiella sp

Costasiella usagi

Thuridilla lineolata

Cyerce sp

Cyerce nigra tiger butterfly seaslug

Cyerce bourbonica Butterfly seaslug

Cyerce bourbonica Butterfly seaslug

Stiliger ornatus Stiliger ornatus

Elysia trisinuata