Chromodoris Kuniei ~ slinks its way across the underwater plains in search of a mate, casually grazing and possibly looking for an alternative feeding territory.
In many ‘dorid’ nudibranchs ~ ‘acid glands’ and or ‘spicules’ are incorporated in the mantle tissue above the foot. It is thought that these are defensive glands which have been shown to produce chemicals dis-tasteful to fish.
Synthesis of these defensive compounds are thought to ‘stem’ from their food source of bryozoan, ascidian or hydroid nature and molecules maybe selectively ‘re-secreted’ ~ by the sea-slug.
With ‘warrior-like’ head armour ~ not that dissimilar to that of the Japanese Samurai ~ this ‘little red Samurai’ stands its ground ~ on the seabed of the South China Sea!