Marine Life in Kenting National Park

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Nudibranch (Phyllidia varicosa) - Kenting (24-25Jul10) C 213_2.JPG
Kenting, Taiwan -- The nudibranch Phyllidia varicosa on a leather coral.<br />
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Members of the Phyllidiidae family have relatively tough body tissue. The primary gills are absent and secondary respiratory structures are located underneath the mantle structure.<br />
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Many species have a characteristic odor derived from sesquiterpene isocyanides, which the nudibranch obtains from their prey and store in their mantle for defense. These phyllidiid chemicals are extremely toxic.<br />
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Phyllidia varicosa is rather large (up to 115 mm) and considered the most common and widespread species of Phyllidia.