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Unlike other sacoglossans with cerata (blade or leaf-like projections on the dorsal side of the animal) slug species in the genus Cyerce, including Cyerce nigricans, do not hold chloroplasts from the algae they eat in their cerata. Also, the algal chloroplasts they do ingest are not retained and therefore do not photosynthesize inside the animal.


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© Vendetti, Jann

Source: Cataloging Diversity in the Sacoglossa


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