Photo: Ann DuPont

Pleurobranchus areolatus, pizza crust sea slug (1)

Photo: Flickr user Artour_a

 Habitat: West Atlantic РCaribbean to Brazil; possibly east Pacific
Status: Not listed
This is the pizza crust sea slug (Pleurobranchus areolatus) which, as you may have guessed, gets its name from the fact that it looks like a lovely cheese pizza (ok maybe sometimes with pepperoni, too).

These strange creatures are found over a very wide distribution, which includes the Caribbean, tropical West Africa and the eastern Pacific.¬†Specimens in California and Brazil have been documented at over 150 cm in length… so we’re not exactly talking about a pizza party-sized nudibranch here!

Underwater this moving pizza crust sea slug looks a little less cheesy, though. It’s actually really pretty, I think!