Nudibranch Clade – Beautiful Animals
May 04, 2012
“A nudibranch is a member of what is now a taxonomic clade, and what was previously a suborder, of soft-bodied, marine gastropod mollusks which shed their shell after their larval stage. They are noted for their often extraordinary colors and striking forms. The clade Nudibranchia is the largest clade within the heterobranchs, with more than 3,000 described species.
The word “nudibranch” comes from the Latin nudus, naked, and the Greek brankhia, gills.”