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Reef Fact:

The kleptomaniac sea slug Elysia chlorotica feeds on algae by sucking out the innards of filaments. The slug takes in the little algal organelles for photosynthesizing and, researchers now say, can also manufacture the compound, chlorophyll a. Credit: Nicholas E.

The sea slug, Elhysia chlorotica, is one of the “solar-powered sea slugs”, utilizing solar energy via chloroplasts from its algal food.

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