Confirmation That Photosynthesizing Sea Slugs Steal Genes From Algae

For decades, scientists have puzzled over how a certain sea slug acquires the ability to photosynthesize after ingesting algae. An advanced imaging technique now confirms that the slugs are literally stealing genes from the algae. It's considered the first example of "horizontal gene transfer" in a multicellular… » 2/04/15 7:40am 2/04/15 7:40am

Striking Photographs Of Sea Slugs Expose The Alien World Under the Sea

While we may call them sea slugs, these diverse and colorful gastropods look like they've come from another planet, a place of brilliant oranges, greens, and blues, where even camouflage is beautiful. » 6/19/14 4:00pm 6/19/14 4:00pm

If you've ever wondered what a mindfuck looks like, now you know

Meet Siphopteron species 1. It's a species of sea slug, recently discovered by Rolanda Lange. To procreate, two members of the species get together, stick organs into each other's heads, and fertilize. That's right — nature has at last provided us with a perfect example of the mindfuck. » 11/12/13 5:00pm 11/12/13 5:00pm

This sea slug has a detachable penis

Sea slugs are weird. But their sexual habits are even weirder. Take Chromodoris reticulata for example. It's a "simultaneous hermaphrodite," meaning it has both male and female sexual organs which it uses at the same time when mating (making it the envy of the animal kingdom). Even stranger, however, is how its penis… » 2/13/13 10:46am 2/13/13 10:46am

The only time it pays to be stabbed repeatedly happens to be during sex

What if every time you had sex, you had to agree to let your partner stab you first — would it be worth the trade-off? While you're mulling that over, consider this: in some species of hermaphrodite sea slug, the trade-off is flipped, with some slugs enduring the unpleasantries of sex in the hope of getting a stab… » 8/26/12 1:00pm 8/26/12 1:00pm

Photosynthetic Sea Slug Snarfs (And Steals) Algae DNA

After 20 years of studying the sea slug Elysia chlorotica, biologist Sidney Pierce recently discovered a trait unprecedented in the animal kingdom - sea creatures were producing chlorophyll. » 1/12/10 4:30pm 1/12/10 4:30pm