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Colorful Toxic Nudibranchs!

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By MissNysha   |   
Published: March 17, 2012
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Just like toxic frogs, nudibranchs (sea slugs) also wear bright warning coloration! Here is an assortment of some in various colors, textures and sizes. Just love these little guys! (The itty little blue one is my fav here :D) Entirely freehanded in photoshop. About 2-3 hours per slug.

This was part of an article assignment for CSUMB's Scientific Illustration class - where we took an existing article (I chose National Geographic's "Living Color" from June 2008) to redesign and re-illustrate.

Shown here are Nembrotha kubaryana (green), Phyllidia ocellata (bumpy orange), Chromodoris annae (blue), and Flabellina iodinea (purple, on "fire") showing their unique, brilliant defenses. The left 3 are found around the Philippines/Indonesia, while the fiery Spanish Shawl on the right is found off California.

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atreyu917Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely amazing work!
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1-90Hobbyist Photographer
Great work. They are beautiful.
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ToxicWyvernHobbyist Traditional Artist
Subbranch are one of my favorite animals. They come in so many different colors and patterns.

Great picture.
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
:D They are very cool animals. Glad you like it!
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toxic Nudibranchs! ahhh! sooo beauty :):)
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I love nudibranchs, these guys are gorgeous
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
Thank you! Nudibranchs are so cool. :3
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EEHillsHobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations on bringing out the beauty of such unusual animals.
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
^___^ Thank you.
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Allison-beriyaniProfessional Traditional Artist
Aw, The Spanish Shawl is probably my favorite ever! I didn't know they were poisonous though- we use to catch them bare-handed at marine science camp all the time!
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
Toxic/distasteful to eat pretty much. :D As far as I know you can still touch those kinds just fine. :3
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Allison-beriyaniProfessional Traditional Artist
I see. I loved letting them crawl all over my fingers- they're like little organic gems!
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
That sounds pretty cool to do that! :D
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Allison-beriyaniProfessional Traditional Artist
It was a pretty awesome camp in general.
They had the fiberglass cast used in the truck scene in Free Willy, and an above-ground pool full of sharks.
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
Sounds fun! Thanks for sharing your story. :)
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It's always the poisonous ones that are so vibrant in colors. I really love them ;w;
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
I really like them too. :3 Many of them are toxic/distasteful because of the stuff they eat - anemones, sponges, etc.
Thanks for the comment!
ARTLililala1701's avatar
... The diets also factored in the colors? That's an interesting information..

You're welcome~
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LisaCrowBurkeProfessional Traditional Artist
love these guys! so interesting :)
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
Glad you like them! :D Thank you!
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mysteriouswhitewolfHobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol the colors are meant for warning however they attract alot of attention.
These are beautiful, not many slugs get that complement. Beautiful job. :)
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
Haha, indeed!

Thank you! :D
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Beautifully illustrated! :) I love nudibranches! And that National Geographic article on them was awesome - how cute is that one that looks like it's grinning (Chromodoris sp.)?
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MissNyshaProfessional General Artist
Thank you! They are very cute little guys aren't they. :D
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