Vayssierea caledonica

(Risbec, 1928)

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Vayssierea caledonica from New South Wales, Australia
Identification verified by Richard Willan

Identification is verified by Richard Willan, Nudi Pixel expert

Comment from Richard Willan: The Vayssiereidae is a remarkable family of microscopic nudibranchs that have no gills. Instead of taking place via gills, gaseous exchange occurs directly through the skin. Members of this family fed on very small polychaetes with spirally coiled shells of the family Serpulidae, subfamily Spirorbinae. Vayssiereids use the radula to drill through the calcareous shell of the tubeworm to reach the worm’s soft body inside.

Comment from the photographer: Hastings Point, Northern N.S.W.

Location:New South Wales, Australia
Photographer:Denis Riek
Camera:Olympus C7070 Wide ZoomView EXIF properties
Taken on:March 21, 2009
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Posted:7 years ago
Updated:7 years ago

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Scientific Classification

Species:Vayssierea caledonica