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Green Lettuce Sea Slug

$37.49

Elysia crispata, common name the lettuce sea slug, is a large and colorful species of sea slug, a marine gastropod mollusk. The lettuce slug resembles a nudibranch, but it is not closely related to that clade of gastropods; it is classified as a sacoglossan.The lettuce slug resembles a nudibranch, but it is not closely related to that clade of gastropods; it is classified as a sacoglossan.As juveniles, food is consumed and digested quickly, with little chloroplast retention. Upon reaching maturity, kleptoplasty becomes an important energy source.Chloroplasts within their parapodia (fleshy dorsal protrusions) continue to  produce energy products through carbon fixation throughout their life and have been found to function efficiently for a little over a month.

Approximate Shipping Size: 1/2" to 1-1/2"

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