Sea Slug Identification and Ecology

Sea Slugs are an underwater photographers dream. Thousands of different, vibrantly coloured species that don't move when you try to take the shot. Despite their beautiful asthetics, sea slugs play a critical role in coral reef ecosystems. They are an indicator species, meaning they offer insights into the changes of an ecosystem. They also help to pain the picture of the shell development seen throughout the mollusca phylum. These species are very cryptic, and range regarding their niche in the ecosystem. Students enrolled in this course will learn how to properly identify and record the species of sea slugs seen in our reefs and gain a better understanding of their ecological dynamics. This course is a partial fulfillment of the Ecological Monitoring Program and the Advanced Ecological Monitoring Plan.


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Approximate time for course completion: ~8 hours and 1 dive