Nudibranch

No. 266129

by Safari Ltd
$4.99USD

One of the most widely varied members of the animal kingdoms, there are over 2,300 currently known species of nudibranch! Nudibranchs are enormously diverse, and can come in such wildly distinct, colors, body forms, and sizes that it’s hard to find two that are similar.

  • Scientific Name:Subclass Nudibranchia
  • Characteristics: Found in oceans all around the world, the nudibranch can be found skimming the ocean floor looking for sponges and similar animals to eat. Painted and sculpted by hand, our wildlife figurines put some of the strangest and most intriguing creatures on planet Earth into the palm of you hand!
  • Size and Color: Although this nudibranch is only 2.5 inches long by .5 inches tall, about the size of a stick of lip balm on its side, some species can grow to be up to 2 feet long. Colored in a creamy orange with yellow cephalic (head) tentacles, our model is just one of the many, many, many types of possible appearances of the nudibranch!
  • The Nudibranch is a part of the Incredible Creatures® collection
  • All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free

History

Although nudibranchs are sometimes confused with sea slugs, the two are not actually closely related. As indicated by their often bright and vibrant colors, many nudibranchs have developed chemical defense mechanisms. Unlike most species, however, nudibranchs do not produce their own chemical defenses, but instead obtain them from their food sources. Sponges, the primary source of nourishment of the nudibranch, often contain poisonous chemicals in their tissues. Astoundingly, after consuming a sponge, nudibranchs are able to recycle those poisonous chemicals and use them to deter predators from eating them!

  • Recommended Age: 3+
  • Size in cm: 6.5 L x
  • Size in inches: 2.56 L x
  • UPC: 095866000790