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Melibe is a genus of sea slugs, nudibranchs, marine gastropod mollusks in the family Tethydidae.[3]

Most nudibranchs are carnivores, but their prey is usually sessile or slow-moving animals such as sponges or bryozoans. In contrast, Melibe is an active predator which traps fast-moving free-swimming animals such as small crustaceans, using its extendable oral hood. [1]


Species within the genus Melibe include 16 valid species and 3 doubtful species:[2]

doubtful species:


  1. ^ Rang (1829). Man. Moll., 129.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Gosliner T. M. & Smith V. G. (2003). "Systematic review and phylogenetic analysis of the nudibranch genus Melibe (Opistobranchia: Dendronotacea) with descriptions of three new species". Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 54: 302-355. PDF.
  3. ^ Bouchet, P.; Gofas, S. (2012). Melibe Rang, 1829. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at on 2012-10-12

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