|Latin name||Hypselodoris bullockii|
|Family||Nudibranchia - Hypselodoris|
|Origin||East Indian Ocean, Australia, Indonesia|
As aquarium fish
Difficult to keep
It is recommended that this species be kept by experienced aquarists as it requires specialized food for its continual survival.
Family description (Nudibranchia)
Nudibranches which are occasionally offered for sale, are extremely colourful. Unfortunately they require a very special diet to survive in an aquarium, and are therefore not well suited to tank life.
Many species will eat different kinds of corals, mostly soft corals like Sarcophyton and Zoa, but also Montipora for example, while other species will eat certain sponges or invertebrates.
The Nudibranch family includes the infamous Zoa- and Montipora eating snails, which are both small and easy overlooked.
These animals are often very poisonous, which their colour and lack of shell indicate.
References and further reading
Ronald L. Shimek. 2005. Beautiful, but Unwelcome; Aeolid Nudibranchs in the Reef Aquarium - Reefkeeping Magazine - (English)
Ronald L. Shimek. 2004. Marine Invertebrates (PocketExpert Guide) - TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)
Robert Toonen. 2004. Aquarium Invertebrates: Sea Slugs - Part 1, Part II - Advanced Aquarist - (English)
Bob Fenner. The Stomach-Footed Mollusks, Class Gastropoda, Subclass Opisthobranchia, Sea Slugs - Wet Web Media - (English)
1998-2010. The Sea Slug Forum - Australian Museum - (English)
Nathan Hill. 2011. Sea slugs: The great taboo - Practical Fishkeeping - (English)