Copy-cat sea slugs vary in toxicity and taste

7 Jun 2018
Nudibranch Goniobranchus splendidus (Photo: Louise Forster)

University of Queensland-led research found sea slugs that mimic the colours of other slugs to scare off predators do not have the same chemical defences as the species they are copying.   

The study led by UQ Visual Ecology Lab member Dr Anne Winters, is the first to detail chemical profiles and assess toxicity and distastefulness of nudibranchs, or sea slugs.

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