Greek Goddess Nudibranch - Hypselodoris edenticulata
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The Greek Goddess Nudibranch (Hypselodoris edenticulata) is stunning black with bright yellow markings. It is one of the few colorful Caribbean nudibranches in the aquarium trade. Hypselodoris edenticulata has recently been thought to be a possible color morph of Hypselodoris picta. The actual scientific classification is still debated, depending on the reference source. All Hypselodoris nudibranchs in the Atlantic Ocean were also recently reclassified to the genus Felimare.
The term "nudibranch" means "naked gill" and refers to the fringy, tassel-like gills visible on many species. This group include animals that we commonly refer to as "sea slugs" as well as the sea hares popular for algae control. As a group, there is not much known about many species of nudibranch and more are being discovered and reclassified continuously. While some like the sea hares are well studied and we know enough about their lif cycles and diets for them to be maintained, the diet and requirements of most nudibranchs is largely unknown. Most are thought to feed on sponges, polyps, tunicates. Some of the most colorful nudibranchs are actively collected and sold for aquariums but many more come as "hitchhikers" on rock and corals, for better or for worse.
Use caution when placing any nudibranch in your reef system if its diet is an unknown. Nudibranchs in aquariums are generally shortlived, both due to their natural short lifespans as well as the difficulty of meeting their dietary requirements.
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|Common Name||Greek Goddess Nudibranch|
|Scientific Name||Hypselodoris edenticulata|
|Reef Safe||Yes, with caution|
|Invert Safe||Yes, with caution|
|Difficulty||Moderate to High|
|Max Size (in inches)||5|
|Min Tank Size (in gallons)||55|
|Diet||largely unknown, possibly sponges|
|Specific Gravity Range||1.022-1.026|
|Toxic||Yes, if stressed or eaten|
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