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The Hoover Nudi


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  1. The Hoover Nudi The Hoover Nudi

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    Scientific Name: Melibe viridis
    Other Names: nudibranch
    Color: Multi
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    Care Level: Moderate
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    For lack of a better name, I am calling this nudi "Hoover".

    It has a thin flat body with "leafs" sticking out of its back and fluffy eyes that protrude on the end of eyestalks. Hoover can attach itself to objects using its bottom flat edge, but is very comfortable swimming. It has a huge round mouth filled with cilia around the inside lip. As it feeds, the mouth gets about as large as a 50 cent piece, the cilia extend outward like a broom, and it scrapes the surface drawing in food. As the mouth closes, the cilia retract back into the mouth capturing anything it caught.

    There are a number of benthic species of Melibe in the tropical Indo-West Pacific. Melibe viridis can grow to over 120mm in length. Their most unique attribute is their method of feeding. They have lost their radular teeth and have developed the oral veil into a large veil or "fish net" which they use to constantly scan the substrate as they crawl along. When the sensitive papillae on the inner edge of the oral veil touch a small crab or crustacean the edge of the veil is rapidly contracted, trapping the prey, which is then ingested. Some species of Melibe, but not this species, harbour zooxanthellae in their bodies. (seaslugforum.net)
    BeakerBob - Past MMMC Club President, current Board Member
    imagephp?u1&amptypesigpic&ampdateline1261894023 - The Hoover Nudi



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    BeakerBob - Reefkeeper
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    More pictures!

    Closeup of mouth and eye:
    DSC 6942 - The Hoover Nudi

    Here is a series of it feeding:
    Rearing back and opening its mouth....you can see the retracted cilia:
    DSC 6917 - The Hoover Nudi

    Head starting its downward movement:
    DSC 6911 - The Hoover Nudi

    Still moving downward towards the surface:
    DSC 6910 - The Hoover Nudi

    Mouth now in contact with the surface:
    DSC 6906 - The Hoover Nudi

    Cilia now extended to vacuum the surface for food:
    DSC 6969 - The Hoover Nudi
    BeakerBob - Past MMMC Club President, current Board Member
    imagephp?u1&amptypesigpic&ampdateline1261894023 - The Hoover Nudi

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    slapshot - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    The ocean is an amazing place full of animals the best science fiction writers could never dream of. Things like this are why I am in this hobby, love to scuba dive and love staring are tank.

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    Sweet pics Bob! Where did you see one?

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    BeakerBob - Reefkeeper
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    Some time ago, Kirby had it from a shipment and let me take it home to take pics of it. Pretty cool nudi!!
    BeakerBob - Past MMMC Club President, current Board Member
    imagephp?u1&amptypesigpic&ampdateline1261894023 - The Hoover Nudi

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    Very cool indeed!

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    larryandlaura - Reefkeeper
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    Wow amazing pics!
    Hi my name is Larry and I'm a coral addict!

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    MizTanks - Reefkeeper
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    That is just to cool
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    Very cool!
    "The beatings will continue until morale improves."

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