It's finally wildcard day for #SlugsVsFish #SlugsVsFishes!

One of the most amazing things about sea slugs is the diversity of morphology! Here's a thread of some the amazing shapes of nudibranchs our scientists have found in the field.

First up check out these colors! 😍 Bright blue nudibranch
This gorgeous green nudibranchs was photographed by Chela Zabin in the Phillipines. #SeaSlugSquad Green nudibranch with orang...
But what if you prefer stripes to one standard color? 🤔 A white and purple striped ...
Or spots? Nudibranchs have it all! A yellow and blue spotted n...
Now let's look at how different their body shapes can be! A blue nudibranch with curl...A light blue nudibranch wit...
Nudibranchs' cerrata can be in many different shapes, branched or curly, and different colors, some with shooting venomous nematocysts. A nudibranchs with spiky ce...
Or maybe intense cerrata aren't your favorite... Perhaps a more simple shape and color is to your style? A white Dorid nudibranch.A big white nudibranch.
Some sea slugs still even have a pronounced shell! A green sea slugs with a la...
Don't forget size! Even though these two are the same colors, the one on the left (on a bryozoan colony) is many times smaller than the one on the right (in a sandwich Tupperware). A small black and yellow nu...A large black and yellow st...
Basically what we're saying is that you never know what to expect when you find a sea slug. And that is part of the joy of finding them!

#SeaSlugSquad #invertebratesrule A nudibranch with bulbous c...
This species is Bulla gouldiana from Palos Verdes, CA. It is a type of bubble snail.
This nudibranch is Doris cf. kerguelensis, and was photographed in Antarctica!
Photographed on a dive in Monterey, CA, we think this one is cf. Dendronotus iris.
This bright blue nudibranch is Doris pecten from Maui, HI!
This is Antiopella fusca, formerly called Janolus fuscus.

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