Acta Scientific Biotechnology

Short Communication Volume 4 Issue 1

The Reality of Nudibranchs

Margot Bosch Altimiras*

Department of Biotechnology, University of Girona, Spain

*Corresponding Author: Margot Bosch Altimiras, Department of Biotechnology, University of Girona, Spain.

Received: November 15, 2022; Published: December 16, 2022


Communities of divers and underwater photographers have "nudibranchs" (Cuvier, 1817) as species of interest.

The different shapes and  coloring patterns make  nudibranchs, very beautiful photography models and species to go diving.   So far divers use the term nudibranch as a name to designate all species of sea slugs or "seaslug".  TheN-udibranchs were believed to  be an order of the Opisthobranchs that were considered a superorder of the Gasteropods.  Nudibranchs  were divided into families according to morphological and molecular characters.  A new  phylogenetic classification of these species updated by Bouchet., et al. (2017) describes new taxa and eliminates traditional ones.  Within the gastropods appears the  subclass Heterobranchs (Burmeister, 1837)  where there is an infraclass Euthyneura, where the traditional Opisthobranchs and others are. The name nudibranchs appears as an order within the infraclass Euthyneura in the new classification with 12 superfamilies, but not all sea slugs are inside. Outside the order nudibranch are genera such as Elysia, Runcina, Haminoea, among other typical species that divers mistakenly  call   nudibranchs. Species that were previously considered as nudibranchs have been confirmed not taxonomically so. The correct term for all sea slugs will be Heterobranchs, which encompasses all genera and all species.



Citation: Margot Bosch Altimiras. “The Reality of Nudibranchs".Acta Scientific Biotechnology 4.1 (2023): 11.


Copyright: © 2022 Margot Bosch Altimiras. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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