26 Mar '11, 2pm

The Annotated Budak: Uncowed by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Uncowed by @budak

Nudibranchs are a highlight of intertidal excursions, which offer periodic sightings of these tiny, tempestous molluscs. Lacking shells, the barenaked snails employ a barrage of defensive strategies to ensure their relative safe passage across a reef of hungry maws and many advertise their unpalatability with markings of strong colour or stark contrast. One common find in local shores is the polka-dot dorid , a nonplussable devourer of blue sponges that shows out at irregular intervals. The slug's comical garb belies an unpleasant mouthful for most predators, however, as the dark spots on its mantle reveal themselves upon close inspection to be spicule-bearing tubercles. Known as caryophyllidia, these patches, which faintly recall the patterns of Friesian cows, are abrasive deterrents to creatures who seek to treat the nudibranchs as food rather than friends. This individu...

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The Annotated Budak: Fruit of the forest by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Fruit of the forest by @budak

budak.blogs.com 03 Apr '11, 5am

, which is grown in villages and occurs also in the forests, has the largest fruits. They ripen greenish-yellow to light o...