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Photo: David Doubilet, National Geographic PHOTO OF THE DAY 29 MAY 2010 Spanish Dancer Nudibranch There are more than 3,000 known nudi...


PHOTO OF THE DAY
29 MAY 2010


Spanish Dancer Nudibranch

There are more than 3,000 known nudibranch species, and scientists estimate there are another 3,000 yet to be discovered. So-called Spanish dancers, like this one off the coast of New South Wales, Australia, boast some distinctions over other nudibranchs: First, they can be enormous, reaching a foot and a half (46 centimeters) long. Most nudibranchs are finger-size. Second, it can swim, a skill most of its cousins lack.

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