Original video from BlennyWatcher.com. More soft coral mimics! Back in November, I posted a video of a nudibranch, Phyllodesmium rudmani, that mimics the soft coral, Xenia, upon which it feeds. This month, in Halmahera, our guide found this species, Phyllodesmium jakobsenae, which also feed on soft coral.
This new video courtesy of our friends at Blenny Watcher shows a nudibranch that mimics the popular coral Xenia. The nudi looks almost exactly like the xenia on which it feasts, allowing it to avoid predators and devour xenia at the same time. You can read about it on Ned and Anna’s great blog BlennyWatcher.com.