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Polyclad Flatworms

Polyclad Flatworms are commonly mistaken for nudibranchs on the reef, however on close inspection there is a lack of gills and other features found on nudibranchs.

They provide colourful photographic subjects as their dazzling patterns and bright appearance displays their warning of DO NOT EAT ME due to the poisonous nature of their contents, although I have seen on occasion a fish nibbling at one of these creatures and leaving it alone. They obviously do not taste good.

Movement of these creatures is provided by small bristles on the underside along with a mat of mucous secreted by the creature.

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