nudibranch

noun
nu·​di·​branch | \ˈnü-də-ˌbraŋk, ˈnyü-\
plural nudibranchs

Definition of nudibranch 

: any of an order (Nudibranchia) of marine opisthobranch mollusks without a shell in the adult state and without true gills

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The nudibranch, besides using the hydroids for habitat, regularly consume its home colony’s polyps. Sid Perkins, Science | AAAS, "This sea slug has a trick for getting an extra treat," 31 Oct. 2017 With their dazzling colors and intricate patterns, nudibranchs are among the world’s most glamorous marine creatures. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "This Sea Slug Has a Crafty Way of Getting Super-Sized Meals," 4 Nov. 2017 The video from his April 17 dive revealed vibrant sea creatures that have made the chilly northern waters their home—among them, a transparent Arctic jellyfish, a sparkly skeleton shrimp, and a white nudibranch, or soft-bodied mollusk. Hannah Lang, National Geographic, "A Thriving Ecosystem Is Hiding Underneath Greenland’s Ice Caps," 6 July 2017 But the nudibranchs were doing something that had never been observed before: stealing prey by eating the original predator. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "This Sea Slug Has a Crafty Way of Getting Super-Sized Meals," 4 Nov. 2017 The nudibranch Cratena peregrina (pictured), a type of sea slug, often attacks prey that have just eaten, thus getting an extra boost of nutrition from the prey’s undigested meal, a new analysis reveals. Sid Perkins, Science | AAAS, "This sea slug has a trick for getting an extra treat," 31 Oct. 2017 If threatened by a predator, the nudibranch will discharge the stinging cells, says Valdés. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "7 Real-Life Dragons That Live Up to Their Names," 28 Jan. 2017 Name a flashy color, and there’s probably a nudibranch that rocks it, like a 1980s neon nightmare. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Absurd Creature of the Week: This Crazy-Looking Sea Slug Has an Ingenious Secret Weapon," 7 Nov. 2014

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First Known Use of nudibranch

1844, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nudibranch

New Latin Nudibranchia, from Latin nudus + Greek branchia gills

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