Vayssierea caledonica

(Risbec, 1928)

Vayssierea caledonica
Photographed by: Denis Riek

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Mollusca
Class:Gastropoda
Subclass:Opisthobranchia
Order:Nudibranchia
Suborder:Phanerobranchia
Family:Vayssiereidae
Species:Vayssierea caledonica

Comment from Richard Willan on photo #15226
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.

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Vayssierea caledonica from New South Wales, AustraliaIdentification reviewed by Richard Willan
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