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NOAA Photo Library Image - nerr0799

Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The Hooded Nudibranch, Melibe leonina, is also called the Lion Nudibranch. This mollusk is almost transparent with a slight yellowish-green cast. Unlike other nudibranchs, Melibe have no radula and M. Leonina has no jaws. It uses its oral hood, lined with 2 rows of tentacles to capture prey. Found in offshore kelpbeds and eelgrass meadows.

Image ID: nerr0799, NOAA's Estuarine Research Reserve Collection
Location: North Puget Sound, Anacortes, Washington


Category: Estuaries/Fauna/Marine/

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