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SEA SLUGS AND NUDIBRANCH BIODIVERSITY

Nudibranchs and other sea slugs are a highly diverse group with over 5,000 species worldwide. Their beauty and complex behavior associated with the popularization of diving and modernization of science have resulted in a sharp increase of studies of this group and the discovery of hundreds of new species in recent years.

Sea Slugs & Nudibranch Biodiversity Project in Carriacou

By Yara Tibiriçá, PhD

Nudibranchs and other sea slugs are a highly diverse group with over 5,000 species worldwide. Their beauty and complex behavior associated with the popularization of diving and modernization of science have resulted in a sharp increase of studies of this group and the discovery of hundreds of new species in recent years.


In the Caribbean, sea slugs are well camouflaged and many have been under sighted, therefore it is likely that we only known a portion of the true diversity of our nudibranchs and sea slugs of the Caribbean and many species still to be discovered!

This project aims to assess the diversity of sea slugs of Cariaccou and collaborate with global biogeographic studies of this group. The project is lead by our in-house scientist Dr. Yara Tibiriçá who has conducted her PhD on nudibranchs and described eleven new species for science. The projects combine a variety of sample methods, scientific drawing and taxonomy. Complementary molecular work is performed in partnership with international universities and other sea slugs experts. 

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