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Colorful Toxic Nudibranchs! by MissNysha Colorful Toxic Nudibranchs! by MissNysha
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.

Image copyright me. For my portfolio display only; please do not use without my permission.
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atreyu917 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely amazing work!
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1-90 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work. They are beautiful.
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ToxicWyvern Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Subbranch are one of my favorite animals. They come in so many different colors and patterns.

Great picture.
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D They are very cool animals. Glad you like it!
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buddhamon64 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
toxic Nudibranchs! ahhh! sooo beauty :):)
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
I love nudibranchs, these guys are gorgeous
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:iconmissnysha:
MissNysha Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Nudibranchs are so cool. :3
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EEHills Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations on bringing out the beauty of such unusual animals.
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
^___^ Thank you.
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Allison-beriyani Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Professional 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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MissNysha Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional 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-beriyani Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I see. I loved letting them crawl all over my fingers- they're like little organic gems!
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
That sounds pretty cool to do that! :D
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Allison-beriyani Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional 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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MissNysha Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sounds fun! Thanks for sharing your story. :)
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ARTLililala1701 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student
It's always the poisonous ones that are so vibrant in colors. I really love them ;w;
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional 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!
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ARTLililala1701 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student
... The diets also factored in the colors? That's an interesting information..

You're welcome~
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LisaCrowBurke Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
love these guys! so interesting :)
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Glad you like them! :D Thank you!
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mysteriouswhitewolf Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist 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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MissNysha Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Haha, indeed!

Thank you! :D
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tesskou Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
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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MissNysha Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! They are very cute little guys aren't they. :D
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Kaioh-the-PureMage Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
they are colorfulz.
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Social-Misfit Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
I love it! Gorgeous. You captured their vibrant colors and interesting shapes so well :D
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MissNysha Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
They are such cool little critters! X3 Thank you!
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Social-Misfit Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
I love sea creatures :D
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