Thordisa parva Baba, 1938
Jorunna parva is a species of sea slug, a dorid nudibranch, a shell-less marine gastropod mollusc in the family Discodorididae. The species was first described by Kikutaro Baba. The resemblance of Jorunna parva's rhinophores to bunny ears and its other features facilitated a surge in popularity on Twitter throughout Japan in 2015. The rhinophores are classified as sensory organs for the act of chemoreception. Sea slugs eat sponges, which contain toxins. Those toxins are used for cancer treatments. Sea bunnies are considered to be one of 16 species in the family Discodorididae. The fur is called caryophyllidae, which is composed of fleshy protuberances called papillae, as well as spicules, which are used for sensory functions.
The Jorunna Parva are hermaphrodites, which means they produce both sperm and egg cells. They cannot fertilize the eggs themselves. The sea bunnies additionally have different colors as well. There are yellow sea bunnies with black specks all around the body. There is also a greenish colored sea bunny, but photos are very rare. Although the color differentiation is related to the Jorunna parva, there is controversy in whether or not the different colors are classified as divergent species.
This species was described from Kii Province, Japan. Jorunna parva has subsequently been reported from the Philippines, Tanzania, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles and Réunion but there are some doubts as to whether it is really a species complex.
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