Ascidian-mimic flatworm

Ascidian-mimic flatworm

It’s quite common to observe flatworms that mimic some toxic nudibranchs. This phenomenon is called Batesian Mimicry and it happens really in many cases: have a look here. However, apparently evolution pushed flatworms to mimic also ascidians like in this photo, where a Cycloporus sp. probably mimics the very common compound ascidian Atriolum robustum. I just noticed it just having a look on my old photos!


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