Phyllodesmium acanthorhinum Facts
- The mesmerizing Phyllodesmium acanthorhinum constitutes a newly discovered species of sea slug.
- The species remains so new to science that it does not yet even possess a common name.
- In fact, this unique ocean-dwelling species was, rather understandably, named one of the 10 most interesting new species of 2015.
- Indeed, the animal possibly represents a missing link between species of sea slugs which prey on hydroids and those which prey on coral.
- For the moment, researchers know extremely little about this fascinating and unusual sea creature.
Phyllodesmium Acanthorhinum Physical Description
Physically, the Phyllodesmium acanthorhinum remains a comparatively small species of gastropod. All of the specimens found to date averaged approximately 1 in (2.5 cm) in length.
Also, the body measures roughly cylindrical in shape, and the rhinophores of the slug grow roughly conical in shape.
These diminutive, yet fascinatingly beautiful creatures appear primarily transparent, with shadings of various colors, including red, blue, yellow, and cream.
The body of this species also remains covered with numerous tubercules.
Species: P. acanthorhinum
Phyllodesmium acanthorhinum Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
As previously stated, researchers know very little about the surprising Phyllodesmium acanthorhinum at this time, though research remains ongoing.
Given the distance between these two locations, many experts assume the slug to be rather common, though this cannot be taken for granted as fact.
All specimens of this slug found to date lived at relatively shallow depths. Still, we don’t yet know much of its range of habitat depth.